Gatwick set for busiest ever Easter weekend

With the weather still appearing to think it’s the middle of January, millions of us are dreaming of warmer, sunnier climes. (Featured image by Gatwick Airport)

But it seems that lots of people are doing more than just dreaming of hot weather; they are packing their bags and making a beeline for the sun.

Figures from Gatwick Airport have suggested that an Easter exodus is getting underway this week, with millions planning to fly from the airport to hotspots around the globe.

Gatwick is gearing up for its busiest Easter period on record as more than 1.6 million holidaymakers are expected to pass through the airport this weekend.

Research from the airport has revealed that destinations in Spain, where temperatures are hovering around a very tantalising 19 degrees, are amongst the most popular.


Barcelona. Image by Jsome1

Barcelona is the top choice for passengers flying out of Gatwick this weekend, with the popular city of Malaga also ranking highly.

City breaks are proving popular over the Easter period, with Dublin, Amsterdam and Belfast all in the top ten destinations from Gatwick.

There’s nothing wrong with a city break, but we’re not sure how much sunny weather there is to be found in these northerly cities.

Popular destinations where sun and warmth are a little more assured include Tenerife and the cultural Portuguese city of Faro.


Tenerife. Image by Cruise Buzz

The research also revealed that some holidaymakers are prepared to go a little further afield for some Easter sun, with Orlando, Florida, ranking as the sixth most popular.

“We offer flights to more destinations than any other UK airport so people looking to take off this Easter are spoilt for choice,” said Nick Henderson, of Terminal Operations at Gatwick Airport.

“Whilst the ski season is still in full flow and we’re seeing the usual surge for Geneva, given the recent bout of cold weather it’s perhaps to be expected that Brits want to leave their scarves and gloves at home to enjoy some sun this Easter.”

Article by Alex Francis (116 posts)

Blogger and travel writer, I like my holidays either really cold or really hot. If I'm not flying down an icy mountain or relaxing on a scorching-hot beach, I'm not interested!