PRESS RELEASES

Gatwick achieves two years of consecutive month on month growth

11/03/2015

  • Latest figures show increase in February traffic figures, completing 24 months of passenger growth
  • Gatwick releases new time-lapse footage showing a day in the life of the world’s most efficient single runway airport.  View the footage here.
  • Gatwick CEO: Expanding Gatwick offers a chance to build on this success, offering the only deliverable solution to the extra capacity the UK desperately needs” 
  • Business travel has been a key factor in Gatwick’s 2 years of growth with one in five passengers through the airport now travelling on business. New polling released earlier this month showed that small businesses and SMEs from all around the UK want Gatwick expanded.

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Mar-14

Mar-13

Growth

 

Feb-15

Feb-14

(%)

 

Feb-15

Feb-14

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

2,469.6

2,304.4

7.2%

38,412.0

35,744.2

7.5%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

256.6

274.5

(6.5)%

3,620.7

3,777.2

(4.1)%

Ireland

96.8

90.4

7.1%

1,294.0

1,273.0

1.6%

European scheduled

1,491.9

1,360.6

9.6%

25,130.8

22,856.8

9.9%

European charter

1,740.0

1,594.6

9.1%

28,331.0

25,789.9

9.9%

North Atlantic

82.4

75.3

9.5%

1,710.7

1,623.3

5.4%

Other long haul

541.8

503.5

7.6%

6,655.8

6,213.9

7.1%

Air transport movements

16,914

16,711

1.2%

256,691

248,743

3.2%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

6,411

6,464

(0.8)%

88,033

94,528

(6.9)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

More than 2.4 million passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport in February, a 7.2 per cent increase on last year which marks the 24th consecutive month-on-month passenger growth at Gatwick.

 

To mark two years of growth, Gatwick today released a new time-lapse video showing a day in the life of the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

 

Some 165,177 more passengers travelled through Gatwick in February this year compared to 2014. The growth comes from fuller aircraft, with load factor at 81.8 per cent in February.

 

Long-haul traffic grew by 8 per cent, with Dubai the biggest growth route seeing passenger numbers increase by 13.6 per cent. European scheduled services increased 9.6 per cent over February 2014 with Paris the biggest growth destination following new services introduced by easyJet.

 

Compared to February last year, there are 16 additional routes in operation for February 2015 including Paris Charles de Gaulle, Florence, New York, Warsaw, Fort Lauderdale, Kaunas, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Strasbourg, Puerto Vallarta, Pamplona, Bodo, Tunis, Plovdiv, Luxor and Erbil International in Iraq.


Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Two years of consecutive month on month growth is a tremendous achievement and shows the benefits of greater competition and low cost travel.  We are also benefitting from the huge investment we’ve made in operating the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

 

“But our continued growth has limits - we are now unable to meet demand across much of the year and are just a few years away from hitting full capacity. Creating more airport capacity in London and the South East will be one of the biggest decisions facing any new Government.  

 

"Expanding Gatwick would be a genuinely exciting opportunity, and help to create a choice of two world-class gateways for UK and international travellers, promoting competition to keep travel affordable for all.  A new runway at Gatwick is deliverable sooner, at lower cost, and without the overwhelming environmental obstacles that face Heathrow.”


ENDS


Notes to editors:

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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