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Gatwick surpasses 45 million annual passengers during busiest-ever June

10/07/2017

  • Gatwick surpasses 45 million annual passengers during busiest-ever June, with California, Keflavik and Costa Rica among biggest growing summer holiday destinations
  • Long-haul growth +11.8% driving a cargo increase +20.6%
  • The airport has achieved 60 long-haul connections as new routes to Seattle, Austin, Denver, Chicago and Taipei announced

Gatwick Airport’s passenger figures rose for a 52nd consecutive month in June, with 4.4 million passengers travelling through the airport – an increase of 5.6% on the same month last year – bringing the airport’s annual passenger total to a new record of 45.1 million. 

As Gatwick’s increased long-haul connections contributed to its passenger growth, the airport’s cargo also benefitted from this thriving long-haul network, with the amount handled up 20.6%.

During June, North Atlantic routes grew +10.6% with Californian destinations proving particularly popular and among the biggest growing routes with Oakland, San Francisco +227% and Los Angeles +51%, on last year.

Gatwick’s transatlantic boom shows no sign of slowing, with the airport recently announcing new routes to Seattle, Austin, Denver and Chicago all from Norwegian Air Shuttle. Meanwhile, China Airlines will start a four times weekly service to Taipei from 1 December 2017.

June’s figures provide the first insight into where Brits are choosing to spend their summer holidays this year, with popular destinations that passengers are jetting off to including Keflavik, Iceland +37.3%, Bermuda +30.6%, San Jose, Costa Rica +29.0%

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said:

“Gatwick continues to demonstrate its vital role in bringing Britain and the world closer together as more and more destinations right across the globe are added to the range of long-haul services we offer.

“We’re seeing strong passenger response to our new connections across the globe as we break through 45 million annual passengers for the first time ever. It’s a stark fact that Gatwick is the only airport in the world’s top 20 for passenger growth that has a single runway. We continue to the offer the UK a financeable and deliverable second runway scheme which we stand ready to deliver should the Government give us the go ahead.

“We’re gearing up for our busiest summer yet, with once again lots of new things in store for our passengers, as we welcome Jamie Oliver bringing his new restaurant The Diner to the airport. Five years ago Jamie Oliver chose Gatwick to be his first airport restaurant and we’re delighted Gatwick is his destination of choice to yet again bring a new concept to.

“Plus, later this year, our new connections to Seattle, Austin, Denver, Chicago and Taipei will join our network of more than 60 long-haul routes as we continue to open up more connections to more parts of the world.”

 

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Jul-16

Jul-15

Growth

 

Jun-17

Jun-16

(%)

 

Jun-17

Jun-16

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

4,401.3

4,166.9

5.6%

45,071.4

41,590.3

8.4%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

368.5

339.9

8.4%

4,089.4

3,712.4

10.2%

Ireland

141.8

141.1

0.5%

1,683.3

1,504.3

11.9%

European scheduled

3,026.0

2,895.1

4.5%

29,227.2

27,611.5

5.9%

European charter

254.8

244.3

4.3%

3,115.0

3,000.1

3.8%

North Atlantic

313.8

283.8

10.6%

2,997.7

2,154.4

39.1%

Other long haul

296.4

262.0

13.1%

3,952.3

3,596.8

9.9%

Air transport movements

26,786

25,757

4.0%

286,129

273,719

4.5%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

7,835

6,494

20.6%

85,214

72,082

18.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDS

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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