Gatwick Airport prepares for busiest festive season on record

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Data from London Gatwick has today revealed Friday 22 December will be the airport’s busiest Christmas season departure day, with passengers set to take advantage of the long Christmas weekend. More than two million passengers will pass through Gatwick Airport during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, with almost 67,000 of those expected to jet-off on December 22.

More passengers will also be flying on Christmas Day itself, with the number of departures on December 25 up 6% on last year. Travellers to San Francisco taking advantage of Gatwick’s Oakland service have made this the biggest growing long-haul destination, up 122.6% on the Christmas period last year. St Lucia and Fort Lauderdale are in second and third place for popularity.

Christmas passengers jetting to Ivalo have more than doubled, with the Lapland destination the airport’s biggest growing short haul destination this holiday.

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s chief commercial officer, said, “Every Christmas we welcome millions of people through Gatwick Airport but this festive season is set to be our biggest ever. We’re excited to be part of these journeys and our staff will be on hand to make their experiences as seamless as ever and make sure their breaks get off to an enjoyable start.

“It has been an amazing year and we’re looking forward to 2018 and what it will bring for all of those working at and travelling through Gatwick Airport.”

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