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Published on : Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Gatwick Airport is set to experience its busiest Easter on record this year with 2.8 million passengers forecast to travel through the airport during the school holiday period, +9.2% on Easter Holidays 2016.
The four-day Easter Bank Holiday Weekend is expected to be particularly busy as half a million travellers (509,000) – 13.6% more than last year – use the time off work and school for a Spring getaway.
Established family favourite Orlando is Gatwick’s most popular long-haul choice over the Easter Weekend. Meanwhile, Los Angeles is Gatwick’s fastest growing long-haul destination, +96% on Easter Weekend last year. The city enters the top ten long-haul destinations list for the first time since the route began in 2014, on the heels of its portrayal in the recent Oscar-winning movie La La Land.
Holidaymakers are also increasingly enticed by the prospect of a Canadian Easter, as Toronto enters the top ten long-haul list for the first time in two years with the number of passengers flying there rising by 80% compared with the Easter Weekend 2016.
Families travelling through Gatwick on Easter Sunday (16 April) can look forward to the return of the airport’s annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This year’s event is set to be the biggest yet with 4,000 Easter eggs and 1,500 cupcakes to give away, as well as entertainment being provided by a host of popular Alice in Wonderland characters.
Wayne Tomlinson, Terminal Operations Manager at Gatwick Airport, said:
“With Los Angeles and Toronto climbing into our top ten long-haul destinations list for Easter, it’s clear that holidaymakers are taking advantage of the growing number of affordable transatlantic travel options available from Gatwick. It’s exciting to see that passenger numbers have grown by a considerable 13.6% and, although the airport will be busier, our commitment to delivering an outstanding passenger experience remains the same.
“The Mad Hatters Tea Party will ensure that every family flying from Gatwick on Easter Sunday enjoys a fun and unique start to their holiday, and our free children’s play areas and dedicated family security lanes will help to provide a smooth and hassle-free airport experience during the busy Easter period.”
Top 10 long-haul destinations during Easter Weekend:
Top 10 short-haul destinations during Easter Weekend:
Source:- Gatwick Airport