The number of passengers using Gatwick this summer is set to reach a record of 8 million, up 6.6% on last year.
The airport expects to handle 50% more passengers with children during the summer peak.
A record of 165,000 passengers are due on August 12 - the busiest single day this summer.
The busiest day for departures is predicted to be July 29 and August 21 for arrrivals.
Long haul destinations have seen a 19% rise in popularity with Orlando up 17% year-on-year, Tenerife 16%, Faro 13% and Barbados 7.5% year on year.
Top summer long haul destinations:
5. New York
8. Las Vegas
9. Montego Bay
Top short-haul destinations:
Terminals operations manager Wayne Tomlinson said: “All teams at the airport have been working hard ahead of summer to make our passengers’ time with us as fun and hassle free as possible.”
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