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Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 Time: 5:02 AM

It's that time of year again when loved-up couples flock to the world's most beautiful cities for a romantic break. Here, Gatwick Airport shares seven tips to help your Valentine's travel run smoothly

Airport Acapella: Arrive early airside and listen to gospel choirs serenade passengers all morning before takeoff. The ‘London Community Gospel Choir’ from Love Actually will be performing amorous ballads in both the North and South Terminals between 6am and 10am on Valentine’s Day.

Perfect packing: If you’re whisking your loved one away for a short break, don’t forget to pack light so you can carry your luggage on board, leaving more time to enjoy your romantic destination when you arrive. Check with your airline before you travel to ensure you’ve got your luggage limits in order. There’s also a helpful overview on the Gatwick website.

Make an entrance: Why not start your trip in style by upgrading to valet parking when you arrive at the airport? Avoid lugging baggage from the car park and simply breeze straight into the airport. It will make a big difference on the return leg too. 

Wine and dine: Checking in online before you travel means you can make the most of time before you board by heading straight for a glass of something bubbly and/or dine in style in one of the airport lounges or restaurants. At Gatwick, there’s a wealth of options to choose from including the Caviar House and Prunier Seafood Bar or Jamie’s Italian and Union Jack’s for a treat before you travel.

Pre-flight pamper: With accessible-to-all lounges like the No.1 Traveller Lounge you don’t have to fly business class to be able to indulge in a little bit of luxury. Pre-book before you fly for the best rate and relax with complimentary food and drink, free Wi-Fi, a games room, mini cinema and much more. You could even treat yourselves to a massage or get your nails done before you fly in the No.1 Spa!

Shop without the stress: Buy your better half some duty-free perfume, aftershave or chocolates as a romantic gift and save up to 20% off high street prices. Better still, go one step further and take advantage of the tax free savings on jewellery. If you’re travelling light but want to enjoy a mini-spree, Gatwick’s Shop and Drop service means you can leave your shopping for FREE at the airport and then simply pick it up on your return. 

Popping the question?: Don’t forget to take the necessary precautions to make sure your ring stays a well-kept secret as you travel through airport security. Ideally pop it in your bag to avoid it setting off the walk-through metal detector and avoid wrapping the box, as you could be made to unwrap it. It’s also always worth attaching a little note saying ‘engagement ring inside, please be discreet.’


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