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Gatwick becomes world’s top low cost airport

27/04/2017

  • Norwegian’s low cost flights to the Far East and North America help secure top spot for Gatwick
  • New service from Gatwick to Singapore is longest low cost route in the world
  • Gatwick currently serves over 50 long haul destinations

Gatwick has just become the world’s top international low cost airport (see table below) - according to a report published by the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) today.

The report highlights Norwegian’s low cost long haul services to North America and the Far East as particularly significant in Gatwick’s growth, with the airline’s new service to Singapore showcased as the longest low cost route in the world.

Norwegian currently offer ten low cost long haul services from Gatwick, with new routes also due to start in September to Denver and Seattle, in addition to other routes including New York, LA, Oakland, Boston, and Orlando.

Other low cost long haul carriers from Gatwick include WestJet, Air Transat and Air Canada Rouge which fly to cities across Canada.

In total, Gatwick currently serves well over 50 long haul destinations, flown by both full service, charter and low cost carriers.

Stephen King, Head of Airlines at Gatwick Airport, said:

“News that Gatwick has become the world’s leading low cost airport shows that competition between airports is working and has allowed our long haul network to go from strength to strength.

“At this vital time for the country’s economy - it is great to see that the UK has more than just one national asset helping our businesses get goods and services to markets across the globe.

Notes

Top 10 international LCC airports in the world based on international LCC weekly seat capacity: 24-Apr-2017 to 30-Apr-2017

 

Rank

Airport

Total seats

1

LGW

London Gatwick Airport

572,058

2

BCN

Barcelona El Prat Airport

549,736

3

STN

London Stansted Airport

511,594

4

KUL

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

491,876

5

SIN

SingaporeChangi Airport

451,920

6

DXB

Dubai International Airport

419,240

7

AMS

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

377,234

8

ICN

Seoul Incheon International Airport

350,445

9

LTN

London Luton Airport

325,458

10

DUB

Dublin Airport

306,261

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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