PRESS RELEASES

Recording-breaking March sees Gatwick race towards full capacity a decade ahead of predictions

13/04/2015

  • Gatwick announces that it expects to serve more than 40 million passengers next year – a decade ahead of DfT predictions made in its January 2013 UK Aviation Forecast
  • Record breaking traffic figures announced for March with 2.96 million passengers travelling through the airport – an increase of 9.2 per cent compared to the previous year
  • The moving annual total shows 38.7 million passengers travelling through Gatwick between April 2014 and March 2015 – an increase of 7.8 per cent over the same period the previous year
  • Gatwick CEO: “The figures speak for themselves – ours is the busiest runway in the world and we need to build a second runway to maximise the nation’s connectivity to the rest of the world”

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Apr-14

Apr-13

Growth

 

Mar-15

Mar-14

(%)

 

Mar-15

Mar-14

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

2,958.1

2,708.4

9.2%

38,661.7

35,875.3

7.8%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

300.1

307.9

(2.6)%

3,612.8

3,774.3

(4.3)%

Ireland

116.4

105.1

10.8%

1,305.3

1,273.1

2.5%

European scheduled

1,816.7

1,620.7

12.1%

25,326.8

22,985.8

10.2%

European charter

291.7

277.8

5.0%

3,214.2

2,963.0

8.5%

North Atlantic

117.6

100.5

17.0%

1,727.7

1,595.5

8.3%

Other long haul

315.6

296.4

6.5%

3,474.8

3,283.8

5.8%

Air transport movements

19,840

19,046

4.2%

257,485

249,697

3.1%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

7,891

7,525

4.9%

88,399

93,509

(5.5)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights. 


Nearly three million passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport in March, a 9.2 per cent increase on last year, and the busiest March the airport has ever had in its 57-year history.


The March figures mark the 25th consecutive month of growth. Gatwick now expects to serve more than 40 million passengers next year, which is more than a decade ahead of the DfT’s 2013 predictions.


Some 250,000 more passengers travelled through Gatwick in March compared to 2014. Passenger growth is the result of more air traffic movements per hour and larger aircraft being used on average across the airlines.


Long-haul traffic grew by 7.4 per cent, with Dubai the biggest growth route seeing passenger numbers increase by 14.7 per cent as Gatwick continues to serve high-growth markets. Emirates have taken advantage of the A380 facility that has been in place since March 2014 with passengers able to fly daily on the superjumbo.


European scheduled services increased 12.1 per cent over March 2014 with Barcelona the biggest growth destination and Geneva the biggest destination in terms of passenger numbers across the whole network.  The success of Geneva is largely because of the ski season.


March also saw the launch of two new airlines at Gatwick. Passengers are now able to benefit from Iberia Express flying direct to Madrid and SmartWings flying direct to Prague.


Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “March is our 25th consecutive month of growth, and in just one year we expect to hit more than 40 million passengers per year, which will see us reach this milestone a decade ahead of when the DfT forecasted we would.


“Our continued growth has limits, and we urge the new Government to act swiftly after the election to unlock the capacity challenges for the South East.  Expanding Gatwick would promote competition in the airport sector and keep travel affordable at a time of economic recovery. 


“The figures speak for themselves – we need to build a second runway in order to realise our potential and to maximise the nation’s connectivity to the rest of the world. Let us deliver against our promise to build a new runway sooner, at lower cost, and without the environmental obstacles that Heathrow would face.”


Notes to Editors:

The DfT January 2013 UK Aviation Forecast  - refer to Annex E.2, Page 158.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223839/aviation-forecasts.pdf

About London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 44 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

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