PRESS RELEASES

Gatwick’s record November: millions more passengers travelling through airport annually as further connections to Hong Kong announced

14/12/2016

  • Gatwick adds 2.7m passengers to its annual passenger total
  • Record 2.8 million passengers travelled through the airport in November, +7.3% on the same month last year
  • Long-haul growth rockets +20% and cargo +12%
  • Cathay Pacific announces that current four-times-weekly Hong Kong service will go daily from June 2017

Gatwick’s booming long-haul services and increased cargo volumes illustrate the vital contribution the airport continues to make to the local, regional and national economy, in the airport’s busiest-ever November.

In the 12 months to this November, the airport served 2.7 million more passengers than it did in the 12 months running up to November 2015.

Meanwhile, Gatwick is delighted to announce further new connections to Asia responding to the demand for the airport’s existing connections to Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific has announced that its current four-times-weekly service from Gatwick will become daily from June 2017.

Meanwhile, tomorrow Thomas Cook’s new service to Cape Town commences adding to British Airways’ service making six flights weekly to the city from Gatwick.

In November, 2.8 million passengers travelled through the airport, +7.3% on the same month last year, while long-haul growth soared +20%. Contributing to this long-haul growth was Thomson’s new connection to Sri Lanka which started last month.

In line with Gatwick’s long-haul growth, cargo volumes increased +12% in November.

Gatwick Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“Almost three million more passengers are travelling through the airport this year versus the same time last year, with 42.7 million passengers passing through the airport annually – this figure that puts us 14 years ahead of industry predictions.

“Passengers are responding to our growing line-up of long-haul connections with routes to China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, as well as the US added this last year.”

“The very latest of these new long-haul connections Thomas Cook’s new route to Cape Town starts tomorrow – further cementing Gatwick’s position at the UK airport that serves more destinations than any other.”

  • This November, long-haul growth continues to rocket, +20% on last year.
  • This long-haul growth has driven a cargo increase of +12%
  • North Atlantic routes drove this long-haul growth +43.4% on this time last year with New York +95%, Los Angeles +90% and Fort Lauderdale Florida +71%.
  • UK and Ireland routes grew +15.3% with Belfast +120%, Newquay +39% and Inverness +17%.
  • Winter-sun holiday destinations proving popular include the Cape Verde Islands +33%, Puerto Rico +25% and Havana, Cuba +23%.

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Dec-15

Dec-14

Growth

 

Nov-16

Nov-15

(%)

 

Nov-16

Nov-15

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

2,823.8

2,631.7

7.3%

42,731.0

40,147.4

6.4%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

329.8

286.0

15.3%

3,820.4

3,597.4

6.2%

Ireland

147.5

122.5

20.4%

1,593.3

1,371.4

16.2%

European scheduled

1,583.0

1,538.9

2.9%

28,001.7

26,612.6

5.2%

European charter

225.9

237.8

(5.0)%

2,978.0

3,162.2

(5.8)%

North Atlantic

203.8

142.1

43.4%

2,633.1

1,875.8

40.4%

Other long haul

333.8

304.4

9.7%

3,704.4

3,528.0

5.0%

Air transport movements

18,721

18,127

3.3%

278,777

266,776

4.5%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

8,099

7,217

12.2%

77,129

74,247

3.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDS

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