Gatwick set to welcome one million passengers this October half term

22 October 2014

London Gatwick Airport has released its forecast figures and destinations ahead of one of the busiest breaks in the school calendar. Around one million passengers will fly through Gatwick between Friday 24 October and Sunday 2 November, with more than 509,000 expected to depart.

The data also reveals that Friday October 24 – the first day of the school break – will be the most popular to fly from the airport, with around 64,000 people expected to travel. Passengers are clearly making the most of the half term, with the busiest arrivals period set to be the day before the schools go back. Sunday 2 November will see around 60,000 people return via Gatwick.

More air passengers will fly off to Barcelona this upcoming half-term than anywhere else. The Catalan capital takes the number one crown from last year’s most popular October half-term destination, Dublin. Meanwhile, Tenerife in the Canary Islands is 2014’s third favourite, followed by the Dutch capital Amsterdam in fourth. Orlando, Florida – home to popular family attractions such as Disneyland and Universal Studios – remains a firm favourite this year in fifth place.

Nick Pope, Operations Manager at London Gatwick, said:“This has been a record year for passenger numbers at Gatwick and this October is no exception. Gatwick is ready to welcome more than one million passengers and we’re expecting this October half term to be one of our busiest yet.”

The full Top 10 list of destinations for October 2014 half-term is as follows:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Dublin
  3. Tenerife
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Orlando
  6. Malaga
  7. Venice
  8. Copenhagen
  9. Edinburgh
  10. Madrid
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