Gatwick expects busiest summer ever

Gatwick Airport is expecting its busiest ever summer with an estimated 8 million people predicted to pass through the airport between 22 July and 4 September – an increase of 6.6% on summer 2015.

The number of holidaymakers flying on long-haul services is expected to be up by 19% on last summer with the most popular long-haul destination being Orlando, followed by Dubai.

The top 10 long-haul summer destinations are:

  1. Orlando
  2. Dubai
  3. Toronto
  4. Cancun
  5. New York
  6. Vancouver
  7. Bridgetown
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Montego Bay
  10. Calgary

The top 10 short-haul summer destinations are:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Malaga
  3. Palma De Mallorca
  4. Dublin
  5. Faro
  6. Alicante
  7. Amsterdam
  8. Madrid
  9. Tenerife
  10. Belfast

The busiest day for departures this summer is Friday 29 July, while the busiest day for arrivals is Sunday 21 August. Overall though, the busiest day for the airport is expected to be Monday 14 August.

Wherever you’re heading to this summer, make sure you allow plenty of time to pass through security and to get to your gate. And if you’re flying with easyJet’s, don’t forget the airline’s new 30-minute deadline for arriving at the gate.

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