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Gatwick to launch 20 new long haul routes this year - moving it into the premier league of European Airports

10/03/2016

  • New long haul flights from Gatwick to destinations in four continents
  • Gatwick announces busiest ever February with 2.7 million passengers travelling through the world’s busiest single runway airport
  • At this rate of growth, it is more important than ever that Gatwick gets the green light soon to get on and build a second runway

Airlines will fly 20 new long haul routes from Gatwick this year – moving it into the premier league of European airports that fly more than 50 long haul routes - Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, announced today.

Speaking about Gatwick’s growth at the London Infrastructure Summit, Mr Wingate said Gatwick is one of the fastest growing airports in Europe – growing by 6.5 million passengers in the last four years - more than both Heathrow and Stansted.

The 50 long haul route milestone will be passed this year when airlines including British Airways, Norwegian, Cathay Pacific, West Jet and Air Canada fly the 20 new long haul routes to cities located on four continents. This includes a range of destinations across Canada and the USA, and also Hong Kong, Peru, Cuba and Costa Rica (see below).

The speech comes as the latest figures show that Gatwick achieved its busiest ever February this year with 2.7 million passengers travelling through the airport, +9% on the same month the previous year. This month marks 36 consecutive months of growth for Gatwick with North Atlantic routes a significant driver of this impressive growth, +22% year on year, with other long haul routes +7.8% on the previous February.

A brand new fleet of Gatwick Express trains will also be launched today - marking the start of airport’s rail revolution - with tube-like frequency and a doubling of capacity at Gatwick in just two years.

 

Stewart Wingate said:

Gatwick is now in the premier league of European airports that fly to more than 50 long haul destinations. Our long haul network can only increase as Gatwick grows and takes advantage of new aircraft that can fly further without the need to change at a hub.

“The launch of a new fleet of Gatwick Express trains today heralds the start of a similar revolution of the airport’s rail services.  New direct routes and tube-like frequency means passengers can have breakfast in Cambridge and be in San Francisco for dinner with a single change at Gatwick.

“With this growth and momentum behind us, it is more important than ever that Gatwick gets the green light so it can get on and start building a second runway.”

Ends

 

Stewart Wingate’s full speech is available here.

Gatwick’s 20 new long haul routes this year will be:

  • New York, USA (British Airways)        
  • Lima, Peru (British Airways)        
  • San Jose, Costa Rica (British Airways)        
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific)          
  • Boston, USA (Norwegian)                
  • Oakland, USA (Norwegian)                
  • Toronto, Canada (West Jet)                    
  • Saint Johns, Canada (West Jet)                    
  • Vancouver, Canada (West Jet)                    
  • Calgary, Canada (West Jet)                    
  • Edmonton, Canada (West Jet)                    
  • Winnipeg, Canada (West Jet)                    
  • Toronto, Canada (Air Canada)
  • Orlanda, USA (Thomas Cook)           
  • Cayo Coco, Cuba (Thomas Cook)           
  • Liberia, Costa Rica (Thomson)           
  • Varadero, Cuba (Thomson)           
  • Columbo, Sri Lanka (Thomson)           
  • Freetown, Sierra Leone (Fly Salone)                 
  • Lagos, Nigeria (Air Via)

 

February Gatwick Airport Traffic

 

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Mar-15

Mar-14

Growth

 

Feb-16

Feb-15

(%)

 

Feb-16

Feb-15

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

2,691.7

2,469.7

9.0%

40,625.4

38,416.9

5.7%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

267.1

256.6

4.1%

3,620.2

3,621.6

(0.0)%

Ireland

117.7

96.8

21.6%

1,421.6

1,294.0

9.9%

European scheduled

1,664.1

1,492.0

11.5%

26,979.9

25,133.9

7.3%

European charter

225.7

248.2

(9.0)%

3,091.5

3,200.6

(3.4)%

North Atlantic

100.6

82.4

22.0%

1,924.5

1,711.2

12.5%

Other long haul

316.5

293.7

7.8%

3,587.7

3,455.6

3.8%

Air transport movements

18,709

17,183

8.9%

270,185

260,307

3.8%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

5,628

6,411

(12.2)%

72,063

88,033

(18.1)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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