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Long-haul routes soar in busiest-ever January as Gatwick puts low cost long-haul in the picture

10/02/2017

  • 2.8m passengers travelled through Gatwick in January 2017, +12.1% on 2016
  • January long-haul routes +23.2% on 2016 driving a 15.4% cargo increase
  • Gatwick celebrates busiest-ever January with specially-commissioned collection of unique artworks from Instragram artist Paperboyo

Gatwick Airport achieved an impressive 2.8 million passengers travelling through the airport this January, +12.1% on 2016.

Long-haul routes continue their booming growth at Gatwick, +23.2% on January 2016,  – once again demonstrating Gatwick’s key role connecting Britain to important growth markets when these links have never been more crucial.

To celebrate, the airport’s busiest-ever January, Instragram artist Rich McCor aka Paperboyo has created a collection of five paper cut out artworks, inspired by Gatwick Airport and some of its most popular routes - Hong Kong, New York, Calgary, Costa Rica and San Francisco.

Route Passenger in January Percentage growth on January 2016
Hong Kong 9,640 New Route
New York 29,760 81.8%
Calgary 6,460 1483%
Costa Rica 9,590 327.7%
San Francisco 7,320 New Route

Rich McCor, Paperboyo said:

“I’ve been very lucky that my style of photography has taken me all over the world – New York, Hong Kong, Dubai. Having flown out of Gatwick Airport countless times, last month I was fortunate enough to go behind the scenes at the airport which meant wearing a fetching high-vis jacket, having my tripod blown over by an A380, deciphering radio messages from the control tower and being driven around the runway like a boss all whilst taking photos with my cut-outs. It was genuinely one of the most fun experiences I’ve had. Except having to fix my tripod close to the runway!”

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“Gatwick continues to set new precedents for a single-runway airport – we now serve 43.4 million passengers annually. With more than 20 new routes added to the airport’s destinations last year, driving long-haul growth of +23.2% in January, Gatwick continues to demonstrate the benefits of competition in the London airport market.

“Further new routes already confirmed to start this summer include Xi’an, China – the UK’s only direct route to the home of the terracotta army – plus British Airways providing passengers with more choice on routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale adding to Norwegian’s existing services to these destinations.

Gatwick’s booming long-haul services and increased cargo volumes, this January, once again prove the vital role the airport plays in the UK economy at this crucial time for the country, as we continue to offer the UK Government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion.”

  • This January, long-haul growth continues to rocket, +23.2% on last year
  • This long-haul growth has driven a cargo increase of +15.4%
  • North Atlantic routes drove this long-haul growth +55.3% on this time last year with Toronto +177%, Los Angeles +94% and New York +82%
  • UK and Channel Islands routes grew +15.9% with Belfast International +122%, Newquay +32%, Isle of Man +11% and Inverness +12%
  • Iceland continues to go from strength to strength as a winter holiday destination with passenger numbers climbing +64% in January, versus the previous year.

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Feb-16

Feb-15

Growth

 

Jan-17

Jan-16

(%)

 

Jan-17

Jan-16

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

2,797.9

2,494.9

12.1%

43,439.8

40,403.4

7.5%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

284.8

245.7

15.9%

3,911.1

3,609.7

8.4%

Ireland

128.4

109.7

17.1%

1,631.3

1,400.7

16.5%

European scheduled

1,623.2

1,491.8

8.8%

28,325.7

26,807.8

5.7%

European charter

208.7

199.0

4.9%

3,010.5

3,114.0

(3.3)%

North Atlantic

168.2

108.3

55.3%

2,764.0

1,906.3

45.0%

Other long haul

384.6

340.3

13.0%

3,797.3

3,564.9

6.5%

Air transport movements

19,652

18,568

5.8%

281,173

268,659

4.7%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

6,035

5,231

15.4%

78,799

72,846

8.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENDS

A full gallery of all Paperboyo images and video is available upon request.

About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves 228 destinations in 74 countries for 43 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South East region, generating around 24,000 on-airport jobs and a further 12,000 jobs through related activities. 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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