More Britons than ever will be boarding long-haul flights this half-term, according to data released today by Gatwick Airport. With the UK in the midst of a cold-snap, increasing numbers of Brits will be getting out of Europe seeking to banish the winter blues and replace them with some winter sun.
Gatwick Airport saw 2.8 million passengers travelling through the airport in January, up 12.1 per cent on 2016. Long-haul routes continue their booming growth at Gatwick, up 23.2 per cent on January 2016.
Gatwick Airport is advising British Airways, easyJet, and Virgin Atlantic passengers to check through which terminal they will be travelling, as it prepares to relocate these major airlines. British Airways will move to the South Terminal, Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal, and easyJet - which currently operates out of both terminals - will consolidate its operation in the North Terminal.
Tim Norwood – the man who secured planning consent for Hinkley Point C, the UK’s first new nuclear power station for a generation - is to become Gatwick’s new chief planning officer. He will join Gatwick’s executive management board at the end of February and will lead a review of Gatwick’s masterplan.
Gatwick welcomed 43 million passengers in 2016, cementing its position as the world’s most efficient single runway airport. This new annual record came on December 22nd last year, a month in which the airport achieved 3.1 million passengers, up 15 per cent on December last year.
Gatwick Airport has appointed Stephen King to the position of head of airline Relations. In his new role King will be responsible for developing Gatwick’s existing airline relationships to their full potential and growing the airport’s carrier base – the airport already flies to 200 destinations in 80 countries.
Three of Gatwick’s major carriers will move terminals in January. British Airways will move to the South Terminal, Virgin Atlantic will move to the North Terminal, and easyJet, which currently operates out of both terminals, will consolidate its operation in the North Terminal.
Christmas has arrived early at Virgin Holidays, as the company unveils its brand new v-room lounge at Gatwick Airport, which is now available to book for visits from January 25th. Whether you’re a honeymooner off to the Caribbean or taking the kids away to Orlando, the v-room truly caters for everyone, all with a premium design ethos, yet retaining a lot of family-friendly quirks.
On the back of strengthening demand for flights connecting Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Cathay Pacific has announced that its current four-times-weekly service to Gatwick will become a daily operation from June 2017. In a further boost to the airline’s UK connectivity, Manchester will see the addition of a fifth weekly flight and become an all Airbus A350-900 operation in June.
In the 12 months to November, Gatwick Airport served 2.7 million more passengers than it did in the 12 months running up to November 2015. Meanwhile, Gatwick is delighted to announce further new connections to Asia responding to the demand for the airport’s existing connections to Hong Kong.
David Higgins will become chairman of Gatwick Airport from January 1st, replacing Roy McNulty, who will remain on the board as deputy chairman. Higgins is chairman of HS2 and a board member of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. McNulty said: “I am delighted David has accepted the appointment as the new chairman of Gatwick.”