Busy Christmas expected at Gatwick

More than a million people are expected to pass through Gatwick Airport over the Christmas and New Year period – 16 December and 2 January.

The busiest day will be Friday 23 December when 60,000 passengers are expected to depart from the airport.

Popular destinations this Christmas include Geneva, Dublin, Madrid, Orlando and Dubai.

To get passengers into the festive spirit, Gatwick has installed a snow slide in the North Terminal. There are also Christmas market stalls, a samba band and performances by local choirs and musical groups.

This year has seen the launch of Gatwick’s 38th Christmas Charity Appeal with all money raised going to Gatwick Airport’s charity partner, Travel Care and St Catherine’s Hospice. Last year’s charity appeal raised more than £2,000 and the airport is hoping to exceed the amount this year.

Tina Oakley, Gatwick Airport’s HR Director said, “Supporting our local community and making the airport experience an enjoyable one is important to us at Gatwick, especially during the festive period, which is why we are celebrating this year’s Christmas Charity Appeal in a big way.

“Throughout this month, we have planned a whole range of festive activities to entertain more than one-and-a-half million passengers expected to travel through the airport. Passengers can take a thrilling ride down our snow slide, buy treats from the Christmas markets and listen to performances from over 20 local choirs and music groups. There really is something for everyone this Christmas at Gatwick.”

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