Gatwick is preparing for its busiest ever August Bank Holiday weekend as 580,000 passengers plan to travel through the airport.

This is an increase of +17.2% since the airport became independent from BAA in 2009.

Berlin sees the biggest rate of growth of any destination, rising by 54% on 2014 which has been attributed to Norwegian Air combined with easyJet providing competition on this key business and city break route.

This growth rate is joined with Madrid up 26% followed by Istanbul up 22%. The introduction of new Gatwick airline Pegasus complements Turkish Airlines offering passengers greater choice in serving the Turkish capital.

Long-haul leisure destinations continue to prove popular with Orlando passenger numbers up 15%, with Las Vegas up by 8% and Cancun 5% on last August Bank Holiday. As well as increased capacity with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – passengers are able to take advantage of the Orlando route on the Norwegian Air Dreamliner, an option that was not available last year.

The top ten destinations Gatwick passengers will be flying to this August Bank Holiday are: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Faro, Dublin, Alicante, Orlando, Dalaman, Madrid and Dubai.

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