Increased flight options from Gatwick for travellers booking Vietnam holidays
Gatwick Airport is proving itself as the UK's leading airport for flights to up and coming holiday destinations. A string of announcements including more options for travellers interested in Vietnam holidays to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City underscore the efforts being made by officials at Gatwick to compete with other UK airports like Heathrow by attracting new airlines and new long haul routes.
Gatwick Airport is quickly building itself a reputation as the leading UK airport for travel to emerging Asian markets with airlines including Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia announcing flights from Gatwick to key holiday destinations like Indonesia and Vietnam. Britons planning holidays to Vietnam will be pleased to learn that Gatwick Airport will offer additional direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to retaining its twice weekly flights to Hanoi from Gatwick, Vietnam Airlines will also be increasing flights to Ho Chi Minh City from two to three flights per week.
The case for offering increased flights to Vietnam is indeed a strong one as the country’s tourism industry is in the midst of an unexpected boom with a 500 per cent growth since 1995 thanks to attractive currency rates, and increased investment in hotels. CEO of Asia Tour Advisor (ATA) Mr. Tran Truong recently spoke of the growing number of Britons booking Vietnam holidays stating, “Years ago British people in particular would visit Thailand and possibly Cambodia but not Vietnam. I am glad to report that in recent years this trend has changed completely and we are now welcoming thousands of people from the UK… From the scuba diving at Nha Trang, through our beautiful scenic countryside and on to our major cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, we have much to offer the foreign visitor. I am proud to say that people visiting our country are guaranteed a warm welcome and a fine vacation”
Other big announcements for the UK’s second largest international airport include the announcement that Korean Air would be resuming its service between Gatwick and Seoul from as early as next month. At the time of the announcement, Korean Air sales manager, Peter Barron stated, “We are waiting confirmation of the schedule, the likelihood is it will be operating this summer”. The decision is a complete turnaround following the suspension of Korean Air flights from Gatwick in December 2012 and the subsequent speculation that they would not be reinstated.
Additionally, it has been reported that Gatwick it will soon offer direct flights to Indonesia- a first for the UK and at 14.5 hours, the journey will be the longest of any of the UK’s existing air routes. The route, to be operated by Garuda Indonesia will be made up of six weekly flights to Jakarta.
Recent figures released by officials at Gatwick Airport indicate a 2.5 per cent increase in the number of passengers served in March 2013 compared with the same month last year. Bookings for long haul routes increased by 5.1 per cent with 27,800 travellers setting off for popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Of the impressive performance in the midst of a tough economic climate, Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive at Gatwick Airport stated, “This year Gatwick has continued to compete with other London airports in attracting more passengers, new airlines and new routes”.
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