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Welcome return of Aberdeen-Gatwick route with easyJet

By David Porter

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The return of the hugely important domestic route between Aberdeen International Airport and London Gatwick has been welcomed after flights restarted on Saturday.

The route which is operated by easyJet will provide even more direct connectivity between the north-east of Scotland and London, joining easyJet’s existing route between Aberdeen and London Luton which is also due to restart in the coming months.

The service will initially be three times a week and operate year-round with a view to increasing its frequency subject to demand.

The destination also provides easy access for passengers for a Summer 2021 staycation in the South of England’s beach resorts like Brighton.

Passengers and the business community welcomed the relaunch announcement at Aberdeen International Airport in December.

With restrictions easing in Scotland the route also provides those near the English capital a chance to visit the North East.

MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said:“As restrictions continue to ease and we start to reopen the economy once more, the return of this route is absolutely fantastic news.

“I have campaigned strongly for the reinstatement of this route since easyJet took the decision to stop services between Aberdeen and Gatwick in February last year and secured an urgent meeting with the transport secretary just before the pandemic hit.

"Thousands of people signed a petition calling for these flights to be brought back and will be very pleased to hear the route is resuming from May.

"Gatwick is a major hub for connections to long-haul flights around the world, as well as being a popular destination for business travellers heading to London from Aberdeen.

"I would like to again congratulate my constituent Val Fry from Fetterangus for her successful campaign in restoring these critical routes."

Mark Beveridge, operations director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: “It is great to see easyJet reinstate the popular Gatwick route at Aberdeen International Airport.

“Bringing back business safely is a key priority at our airports and travel to Gatwick will help strengthen Aberdeen’s connectivity with London, providing options on a city break or the chance to enjoy the south coast.“This also provides opportunity for people to come see the best Scotland has to offer, using Aberdeen as the gateway to launch your highland adventure.

Ali Gayward, UK country manager for easyJet, said: “We are delighted to be relaunching our service between London Gatwick and Aberdeen and further strengthening our domestic network, providing more key connectivity for our customers in the UK.

“We look forward to being able to reunite friends and family and take people away on a well- deserved break this summer.”

Chris Foy, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire, said: “The return of the London Gatwick route back to Aberdeen International Airport is hugely positive, as potential visitors look at alternative destinations for a great escape this summer."

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