Gatwick Airport is hoping for a significant increase in passenger numbers traveling over the Christmas season. However, there are up to 200 flights a day forecast to operate to and from London airport.
However, Dublin, Geneva, and Tenerife are some of the top destinations where the passengers will be traveling to.
Flights at Gatwick
Whereas, normally there would be more than 700 flights a day during this time at Gatwick. However, the increase in demand despite the second national lockdown is a relief for the aviation industry over the festive period.
However, the increase in flights along with the release of the new testing system, which comes into operation today. As a result, it will be reducing self-isolation restrictions for those arriving from non-exempt destinations, including the Canary Islands. If they have a negative result from a Covid-19 test after five days.
This is in addition to the government announcement that overall quarantine time has been reduced from 14 to ten days.
Managing the Festive Season
Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport, said, “We know the demand for international travel is strong. Especially as we approach the festive period.”
“It is vital for the recovery of the aviation industry that we make traveling during the pandemic as safe and easy as possible.”
In addition, he said, “With our airlines increasing flying schedules to meet this demand. We expect to see many more passengers traveling through Gatwick than over the past couple of months. And we are doing all we can to offer passengers a greater level of reassurance.”
“Passengers are able to book Covid-19 PCR screening at Gatwick. Or of course, use other providers away from the airport if they want to get away this Christmas.”
“In addition, expanding the provision of UV technology across more security lanes in the North Terminal is yet another innovative step we have taken in helping protect passengers at Gatwick Airport.”
Over the coming weeks, easyJet will be operating up to 75 departures a day from Gatwick, while Wizz, TUI, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Aurigny have also resumed operations.
WestJet, Ryanair, and Vueling continue to offer services, having flown throughout November.
The Recovery Plan
Gatwick airport which is the second biggest airport in Britain will charge £5 for cars dropping off or picking up passengers starting from 2021.
However, Gatwick is charging this fee to help the airport recover from the pandemic crisis and help promote sustainable travel. However, in the first six months of 2020, it lost £321 million. That is equivalent to £1,225 per minute between January and June.
The chief commercial officer, Jonathan Pollard, said, “Gatwick has just gone through the most challenging period in its history. And this new drop off charging scheme will give us a new revenue stream to aid recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.”
“Gatwick is also committed to promoting sustainable travel. And this new scheme will encourage passengers to consider more sustainable transport options. Including public transport services or parking options at the airport. Which only involves two single-car trips, compared to two return trips when dropping off.”