Deal Alert: summer flights from London Gatwick for less than £50

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Although you might want to sharpen those elbows and brace yourself for busier wait times than usual this summer, there are nonetheless plenty of reasons to bag yourself a summer flight, starting with these bargains from London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

No sooner had the Sussex travel hub reopened its South Terminal in late March when COVID-19 restrictions began to ease, than a host of airlines were competing to fill it.

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First came Vueling, which added five Spanish destinations to its line-up; then Wizz, which launched a whopping 18 new services to its portfolio; as both carriers aimed to open up new low-cost routes between the leafy doorstep of London and the rest of Europe.

Best of all, this increased competition seems to have brought about some rather tempting deals on flights bound for the continent. Take Gatwick to Faro (FAO), for instance, which across August can be found for less than £20 a ticket with Whizz Air.

Using Google Flights (if you don’t know about the benefits of using Google to search for flights, click here to learn more) it’s possible to see that prices on the route are £41 cheaper than usual, owing, possibly, to increased competition at the U.K.’s second-biggest airport.

City breakers can rejoice too: A one-way ticket to London Gatwick to Vienna flying Wednesday 15 Jun at 10:35 and arriving at 13:50:45 is just £8.99 with minimal carry-on.

It’s important to remember that extra charges apply with all of these deals, of course, and for said express to Vienna, a 20kg check-in luggage, seat selection and free carry-on trolly bag will cost you a further £50.

Some tickets have been cut by as much as 50% in cost over the last 30 days, including one-way fares between Gatwick and Malaga — a destination served by both Vueling and Wizz Air at the airport.

Related: I flew Wizz Air all the way from London to Abu Dhabi — here’s why I wouldn’t do it again

Mind you, it’s not only the low-cost carriers which are looking to flex their muscles right now. Plenty of premium airlines are also parking their jets on the lawn, with British Airways offering some rather, ahem, Nice, bargains right now. Here’s the recent price drop on tickets from Gatwick to the French Riviera, down from £62 to £46.

Meanwhile, EasyJet and Vueling’s tussle for passengers heading out to Barcelona from Gatwick has had more ups and downs than the Catalonian city’s football team of late. Not least if this graph of price drops is anything to go by…

Hint: it’s flatlining right now, so if Barcelon takes your fancy, pick up some tickets while you still can. Without further ado, here are some of the best one-way deals we’ve found…

London Gatwick (LGW) to Faro (FAO) on Tuesday 30 August (08:30 – 11.30) for £19.99 with Wizz Air in economy

Faro is awash with rugged beauty

London Gatwick (LGW) to Nice (NCE) on Saturday 21 May (17:40 – 20:45) for £46 with British Airways in economy

London Gatwick (LGW) to Vienna (VIE) on Wednesday 15 June (10:35 – 13:50) for £8.99 with Wizz Air in economy

Vienna by night (Photo by Jacek Dylag/Unsplash)

London Gatwick (LGW) to Seville (SVQ) on Monday 29 August (20:10 – 23:50) for £24.80 with Vueling in economy

London Gatwick (LGW) to Malaga (AGP) on Wednesday 8 June (18:55 – 22:45) for £12.99 with Wizz Air in economy

Caminito del Rey near Malaga, Spain (Photo by Eve Livesey/Getty)

London Gatwick (LGW) to Barcelona (BCN) on Wednesday 22 June (07:05 – 10:20) for £26.95 with Vueling in economy

London Gatwick (LGW) to Mykonos (JMK) on Tuesday 28 June (22:15 – 04:05) for £35.99 with Wizz Air in economy

Bottom line

Google flights can be a great tool for tracking fluctuating airfares and starting your holiday from Gatwick can sometimes be overlooked with the larger influx of passengers tending to make their way via Heathrow Airport (LHR)  — which tends to be more expensive due to its high airline and passenger charges. With new routes opening up from Gatwick this summer — from various airlines — pricing can be competitive and deals can be had if you’re on the mark whether your preferences are low-cost or premium airlines.

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