Gatwick Airport passengers have selected less traditional romantic locations for a Valentine’s break, with destinations like Barcelona, Tenerife and Dublin leading the list of the top ten favourites for this year, the airport said in a release.
Passenger numbers for Barcelona have grown by 42 percent since last year, as couples seek romantic mini-breaks in sunnier climes away from wet and windy Britain. The airport is expecting around 450,000 passengers to pass through its two terminals between February 13 and 17.
Additionally, parts of the British Isles remain popular with lovers as they choose to getaway to the Celtic cities of Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh.
Nick Henderson, terminal operations, Gatwick Airport, said: ‘Barcelona is definitely the hot destination for star-crossed lovers this year. Couples are certainly taking the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the sun over the Valentine’s weekend and with Gatwick serving more destinations than any other UK airport, it is proving a great starting point for any romantic weekend away.’
The top ten popular destinations, selected by Gatwick passengers, in order are Geneva, Barcelona, Dublin, Tenerife, Amsterdam, Belfast, Dubai, Edinburgh, Malaga and Copenhagen.
For an extra special Valentine’s getaway experience, London Gatwick Airport is also organising Valentine’s music and entertainment in the departure lounges of the North and South terminals, from classical guitarists and the band ‘The Valentines’, to a dressed up King and Queen of hearts. Gatwick staff will also be handing out chocolate treats to passengers.
For those wishing to wine and dine, Gatwick offers a range of options to choose from, including the Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar, or Jamie’s Italian and Union Jack’s for a special treat before the travel. Stress-free shopping is also on offer with Gatwick’s Shop Fly Collect service allowing passengers to leave their purchases at the airport free of charge and collect them on their return.
Travellers can also pre-book lounges, including the No.1 Traveller Lounge, where they can relax with complimentary food and drink, free Wi-Fi, a games room, spa and mini cinema.