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Gatwick’s long summer of long-haul takes off as airport celebrates three years of consecutive growth

11/04/2016

  • 3.1 million passengers travelled through Gatwick in March, +5.8% year on year, marking three years of consecutive month on month growth
  • Norwegian’s Boston route kicks off Gatwick’s summer of long-haul with 20 new routes including Hong Kong, Cape Town, Vancouver, Lima and Costa Rica
  • Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said:“Three years of consecutive month on month growth shows Gatwick continues to provide what our passengers want - more choice and better value to a greater range of destinations….An expanded Gatwick would build on this momentum and deliver yet more competition and choice for passengers - only last month Norwegian pledged 50 Dreamliners to a two-runway Gatwick which would transform the UK long-haul market.”

Gatwick’s long summer of long-haul has begun as the airport celebrates three years of consecutive month on month growth. 3.1 million passengers travelled through the airport this March, the busiest ever March for Gatwick, and +5.8% year on year.

Norwegian’s brand new route to Boston - starting last month - brought forward by two months, due to unprecedented demand, is the first of Gatwick’s 20 long-haul routes this summer. New routes will be arriving this summer include Hong Kong, Cape Town, Vancouver, Lima and Costa Rica (the UK’s only direct route).

This March, long-haul routes performed particularly strongly, +9.6% year on year, driven by North Atlantic routes +19.3% including Los Angeles +62.8%, Toronto +60.3% and Vancouver +35.8%.

European routes seeing strong growth this month included the Canary Islands (Fuerteventura) 38.6%, Venice 32.8% and Iceland 30.8%.

An additional 170,930 passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport in March compared to the same month in 2015. Average load factors were 83.8%.

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said:

Three years of consecutive month and month growth shows Gatwick continues to provide what our passengers want - more choice and better value to a greater range of destinations. Our 20 new routes this summer, including Hong Kong, Cape Town, Vancouver, Lima and Costa Rica, are a resounding endorsement of the airport, from our existing carriers plus new airlines including Cathay Pacific and WestJet.

“An expanded Gatwick would build on this momentum and deliver yet more competition and choice for passengers - only last week Norwegian pledged 50 Dreamliners to a two-runway Gatwick which would transform the UK long-haul market.

“Government backing for Gatwick expansion this year will mean that the UK finally and definitively has a solution to its long enduring aviation capacity issue. Our plan is legal, affordable, cleaner and quieter and will finally deliver for Britain.”

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Apr-15

Apr-14

Growth

 

Mar-16

Mar-15

(%)

 

Mar-16

Mar-15

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

3,129.2

2,958.3

5.8%

40,796.3

38,666.6

5.5%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

301.2

300.2

0.3%

3,621.2

3,613.9

0.2%

Ireland

134.3

116.4

15.4%

1,439.6

1,305.3

10.3%

European scheduled

1,960.6

1,816.7

7.9%

27,123.8

25,329.8

7.1%

European charter

258.5

291.7

(11.4)%

3,058.3

3,214.5

(4.9)%

North Atlantic

140.3

117.6

19.3%

1,947.2

1,728.2

12.7%

Other long haul

334.3

315.6

5.9%

3,606.4

3,474.8

3.8%

Air transport movements

21,029

20,143

4.4%

271,071

261,062

3.8%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

5,832

7,891

(26.1)%

70,003

88,399

(20.8)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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