LONDON, UK — London's Gatwick International Airport reopened its South Terminal on March 26. Around 300 flights departed from the airport on the first day and 570 flights on March 27, making it the equivalent of a medium-sized airport overnight.

Gatwick and its partners – including airlines, shops, cafes, and bars - have spent months refurbishing, cleaning, updating, and testing facilities and equipment that have not been in use since 15 June 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Many airlines that had been flying from the airport’s North Terminal for the last 21 months, have or are in the process of switching terminals between 27 March and 29 March, including major airlines such as British Airways, Wizz Air, Vueling, Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Norwegian.

easyJet, which will fly 120 routes from Gatwick – the most ever from the airport – will operate from both North and South Terminals. BA will also operate 35 short-haul routes to destinations across Europe, Wizz Air 25 European routes, and Vueling a total of 16 routes, all from the reopened South Terminal. Airlines including BA, TUI, Emirates, Qatar, WestJet, Air Transat, Jet Blue, and Norse Atlantic are also flying to over 30 long haul destinations direct from Gatwick this summer, including New York, Tampa, Phuket, Mauritius, Dubai, Doha, and Bangkok – alongside a range of routes to Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico, including Toronto, Vancouver, Cancun, Antigua, and Montego Bay.

Gatwick is part of VINCI Airports’ diversified network of 53 airports in 12 countries and is actively perusing even more new connections to increase travel and tourism choices for passengers, as well as support for business and the economy.

The significant increase in the choice of destinations flown directly from the airport – combined with positive booking data to date - indicates that Gatwick is expecting a strong summer season this year.