PRESS RELEASES

Busiest ever July at Gatwick as the airport achieves 2.5 years of consecutive growth

11/08/2015

  • Gatwick’s 2.5 years of consecutive growth far outstrips Airports Commission forecasts
  • 4.3 million passengers pass through the airport in July, +6.4% on previous year
  • Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “These results put us ten years ahead of the forecasts used by the Airports Commission to predict future air traffic movements and how that relates to the case for expansion. Our growth in the last twelve months is actually more than the Commission concluded could be added at Gatwick in the first year of a new runway being operational here – this is further proof of the flaws in the Airports Commission analysis and shows its conclusions are fast unravelling.”

 

London Gatwick announced two-and-a-half years of consecutive month-on-month traffic growth and achieved its busiest ever July with 4.3 million passengers travelling through the airport, a 6.4% increase on the previous year.

 

The airport’s long-haul routes were the key drivers of this impressive performance 7% on the previous year.

 

Destinations contributing to this significant long haul growth include North Atlantic routes +10.1% with New York routes (+116%) and Los Angeles (+106%) largely driven by passenger take up of Norwegian’s low cost long-haul routes.

 

Long-haul leisure destinations are also performing well with Cape Verde routes (+119%) and Trinidad (+96%). Passenger demand for long-haul routes has also driven a new British Airways non-stop route to Costa Rica to begin at Gatwick from May 2016.

 

An additional 260,000 passengers travelled through London Gatwick in July compared to the same month in 2014. Passenger growth is the result of more air traffic movements per hour and larger aircraft being used on average across the airlines. Average load factors were consistently strong at 89.5%, +1.3 points on the previous year.

 

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said:

 

“Two-and-a-half years of consecutive month-on-month growth shows that Gatwick continues to meet passengers’ needs by providing them with more choice, value and destinations. We are delighted to welcome British Airways’ nonstop flights between Gatwick and San Jose, Costa Rica – the latest addition to Gatwick’s long-haul success story. Flights to long-haul destinations are the fastest growing of the more than 220 destinations that Gatwick flies to today.

 

“These results put us ten years ahead of the forecasts used by the Airports Commission to predict future air traffic movements.  Our growth in the last twelve months is actually more than the Commission concluded could be added at Gatwick in the first year of a new runway being operational here – this is further proof of the flaws in the Airports Commission analysis and shows its conclusions are fast unravelling.”

 

“Gatwick remains the best solution to solve the UK’s capacity conundrum. Gatwick can deliver the capacity the UK desperately needs and the economic benefit that will bring while limiting the impacts on noise and air quality.”

 

 

 

 

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Aug-14

Aug-13

Growth

 

Jul-15

Jul-14

(%)

 

Jul-15

Jul-14

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

4,323.3

4,062.7

6.4%

39,319.4

36,940.8

6.4%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

339.7

338.5

0.4%

3,575.0

3,750.2

(4.7)%

Ireland

121.2

117.1

3.6%

1,327.8

1,279.9

3.7%

European scheduled

3,074.6

2,847.1

8.0%

25,887.2

23,932.6

8.2%

European charter

272.4

278.4

(2.1)%

3,205.9

3,062.1

4.7%

North Atlantic

213.0

193.6

10.1%

1,808.4

1,604.9

12.7%

Other long haul

302.4

288.1

4.9%

3,515.1

3,311.1

6.2%

Air transport movements

26,519

25,430

4.3%

258,410

251,828

2.6%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

5,521

7,939

(30.5)%

80,010

90,235

(11.3)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 45 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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