16 March, 2023

February passenger numbers up at VINCI Airports

Traffic in VINCI Airports’ network continued to recover in February. At the airports in Portugal, Serbia, Mexico and several countries in South America, it is significantly higher than before the health crisis. Overall, traffic in February is at 89% of its 2019 level.

As the world’s leading private operator in its sector, VINCI Airports manages 65 airports across 12 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Thanks to its expertise as a global integrator, it develops, finances, builds and manages airports, leveraging its investment capacity and know-how in optimising operational performance, modernising infrastructure and steering their environmental transition.

One of the leading airports for VINCI is London Gatwick on the Surrey / Sussex border.  The airport will be welcoming two new restaurants and wine bars this spring – Vagabond Bar & Kitchen and South Downs Sparkling Wine Bar – showcasing a vast array of the best local wines, beers and produce from across the region, alongside global options.

Award-winning urban winery, Vagabond, will be opening its second airport outlet and largest single site, when it lands at Gatwick’s South Terminal in May. South Downs – its sister bar - is a brand-new concept exclusive to Gatwick, and will open a few weeks later.

Vagabond will provide passengers with a choice of more than 80 wines from around the world, via its bespoke self-serve dispensing machines – a fun and easy way for passengers to discover new wines and sample before committing to a glass or bottle.

Local vineyards, including Digby in Arundel, Tillingham in Rye, and Kingscote - based less than 10 miles from London Gatwick in East Grinstead - will be represented, allowing passengers to try some of the best wines Sussex and Kent has to offer, alongside options from France, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and beyond.

Vagabond will also feature a self-pour craft ‘beer wall’, providing a similar discovery experience, as well as an extensive food menu, catering for breakfast, lunch, dinner and kids, in a family-friendly environment.

South Downs – a premium sparkling wine bar in the heart of the South Terminal departure lounge – is a unique offering for Gatwick passengers, celebrating English sparkling wine. It will also offer a cocktail menu developed by Max Benning, owner of Three Sheets – one of the world’s top 50 bars.

South Downs will also serve a range of meals and snacks, with the menu inspired by the great wine-producing regions across the world, but featuring many locally-sourced ingredients.