16 December 2013

As the festive season gets started, Gatwick Airport is readying itself for what is set to be one of its busiest Christmas seasons yet.

Around two million passengers are expected to pass through the airport between 13th December and 5th January.*

Overall passengers are expected to be highest on Sunday 22nd December when around 60,000 travellers will fly out from the airport. However, Gatwick is also planning for one of its busiest Christmas Day’s yet with expected numbers around 16,000.

In terms of destinations, the ski slopes seem to be calling as Geneva tops the list for travellers. In contrast, long-haul sun destinations like Dubai are proving popular as people seek to escape the cold British winter for a few days.

“With people jetting off for the festivities we’re expecting to see passenger growth of about 4.5% and we’re well equipped to handle those extra people,” commented Nick Pope, Terminal Operations at London Gatwick. “We strive to make air travel as stress-free as possible – whether that’s making sure people can get through security in less than five minutes or having extra help on hand to assist passengers with their onward journeys. This year though, with planned rail works, we’re advising all passengers to check Network Rail’s website well ahead of travelling.**

“Those jetting off for a spot of winter sun – or indeed for some time on the slopes – will also benefit from our new range of shops which have just opened in the South Terminal. Including Snow + Rock, Zara and Ted Baker, it’s a great place to pick up ski accessories or for some last minute Christmas shopping.”

Top ten Christmas break destinations from London Gatwick

1. Geneva
2. Barcelona
3. Dublin
4. Belfast
5. Dubai 
6. Amsterdam
7. Tenerife
8. Edinburgh
9. Madrid
10. Copenhagen

Christmas Cheer for Passengers

Not only has the airport laid on entertainment to help get passengers into the Christmas spirit, but Gatwick Airport’s choir, The High Altitunes, will be singing on the 17th and 18th December in both the South Terminas. The choir, recently formed by staff at the airport, will be singing a mixture of Christmas carols and songs as well as music which has been arranged especially for them.

Other Christmas activities being laid on to entertain passengers include The London Gospel Choir, storytelling from a puppeteer polar beer and Eskimo, a Michael Bublé tribute singer and complimentary mince pies.

Gatwick will also see the return of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteers who will be providing a warm welcome for visitors as well as those returning to the UK for Christmas. The initiative is designed to ensure that passengers have a smooth onward journey once they touch down at the airport.

There is a wealth of help and advice available for passengers heading off over the Christmas period on the newly designed Gatwick website - shoppers in particular should note the Voucher Passport containing bags of airport savings.

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