Gatwick Airport is continuing to see an increase in passenger numbers with the announcement that passenger numbers were up 5.1% last month when compared with March 2013.
The airport saw more than 2.7 million passengers pass through Gatwick last month, an increase of 131,500 passengers on the previous March.
Contributing to the increase were an 11.4% rise in European scheduled passengers and a 13.1% increase in other long haul, although European charter and North Atlantic passenger numbers fell by 19.5% and 21.7% respectively.
In a rolling 12-month period (1 April 2013 – 31 March 2014), Gatwick has seen an overall increase in passenger numbers of 4.8% (1,627,200 passengers) compared with 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013.
Speaking about the increase in passengers, Stewart Wingate, London Gatwick Chief Executive, said, “This has been a successful and exciting year for Gatwick that has seen steady growth, the completion of spending over £1 billion on improving the passenger experience and offering new routes that satisfy the demands of business and leisure travellers.
“These successes only add to the obvious case for expansion at Gatwick. A new runway could be delivered at Gatwick more cost effectively than at Heathrow, with significantly less environmental impact. It would also provide the connections and economic benefits the UK needs much more quickly.”