Record summer school holiday numbers at Gatwick as destinations on US west coast make top ten for first time


  • More than the population of London to use Gatwick during school summer holidays
  • LA and Oakland in top ten most popular long haul destinations for first time
  • New long haul destinations – Chicago, Buenos Aires, Austin and Taipei - join Singapore, Denver, Seattle, Kigali and Vancouver announced this year, as Gatwick breaks world record for offering 62 long haul routes in total

Well over eight million people (8,263,621) – more than the population of London – will use Gatwick during the school summer holidays this year which is a record number and up 3.6% on last year.

For the first time, destinations on the US west coast feature in the top ten long haul routes with LA and Oakland joining US cities that usually make the rankings - New York, Las Vegas and Orlando.  Gatwick currently flies to eight US destinations in total.

Barcelona is the most popular short haul destination with 128,000 passengers forecast to travel there over the summer holiday period.

  • Friday 21 July is forecast to be the busiest day for departures (84,000 passengers)
  • Sunday 13 August will be the busiest day overall with 168,000 passengers using the airport (departing and arriving)
  • Sunday 3 September is the most popular for arrivals (87,000 passengers)

An expanding long haul network is driving the growth of Gatwick’s passenger numbers with the latest new long haul routes – Chicago, Buenos Aires, Austin and Taipei - taking Gatwick’s long haul network to more than 60 long haul routes – the largest long haul network in the world for a single runway airport and the fifth biggest of any airport in Europe.  

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

“We are expecting record numbers to use the airport this summer with passenger numbers on all of our top ten routes exceeding last year’s totals.

“Gatwick’s long haul network is also growing particularly strongly and we now offer over 60 routes – a world record for a single runway airport.  Not only does our long haul network offer leisure passengers tremendous choice, it also provides UK businesses with fast access to markets outside Europe as the vast majority of airfreight goes in the hold of these long haul passenger flights.

“Gatwick continues to stand ready to build a new runway – in addition to or instead of Heathrow - to help drive further growth should the Government give us the green light to proceed.”


The Gatwick Summer holiday period runs from Friday 14 July, 2017 to Sunday 3 September, 2017. 


Top ten short haul destinations this summer:

Top ten long haul routes:
•New York
•Las Vegas
•Los Angeles

About London Gatwick

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