London Gatwick Airport is gearing up to receive around 1.5 million people travelling through the airport this festive season, from December 17, 2012, to January 2, 2012.
The airport expects to cater to around 700,000 passengers departing over the period, with the busiest day being December 23, 2012, when around 56,000 passengers are expected to fly from the airport for some festive cheer.
Louisa Craven, a spokesperson for Gatwick Airport, said, ‘This year sees a great mix of top Christmas destinations as passengers fly out to enjoy the ski season in Switzerland, visit friends and family across the UK and soak up some winter sun.
Staff and extra helpers, including the London Ambassadors who made such a great impression during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will be on hand to assist at every stage to ensure our passengers enjoy a great experience at Gatwick with some fun, festive entertainment along the way.’
The airport is reporting that the top three destinations this year for Christmas are Geneva, Edinburgh and Dubai. For travellers the airport is offering a number of entertaining options, including photo opportunities with Santa and his reindeers; carol singers adding to the festive ambience; and the presence of London Ambassadors, the team of volunteers who helped the international visitors during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The airport is also offering a Shop and Drop service for passengers, offering them opportunities to store their shopping bags at the airport during the time of departure, and to collect them on returning back to the airport after the vacation, free of charge.