Gatwick Airport plans to make a number of changes as the former BAA travel hub looks to compete with its rival Heathrow.
Among the changes at the airport, which was sold by BAA in 2009, are plans to introduce direct flights to Durban in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for KwaZulu-Natal economic development and tourism, said that details on the first flights would be announced over the next year. Comai, a local airline, offers 23 flights to the King Shaka Airport each day, making it the largest user of the travel hub.
In addition to the Durban flights, the airport has also started to offer flights to Amman in Jordan, which leave on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.50 BST and arrive in Jordan at 8pm local time.
Other changes being made at the Gatwick in the hope of snatching passenger numbers from Heathrow include improvements to its terminal shuffle and the start of a process to make security queues quicker and more efficient.
Looking to the future, the airport also wants to implement further changes including the installation of amusement areas where teenagers can keep themselves busy and a traveller lounge, which even has a spa facility that travellers at the airport can pay to use.
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