Passenger numbers at Gatwick broke through the 4 million mark in July.
A total of 4,057,400 million passengers passed through the airport last month, the highest ever monthly total at Gatwick! The previous highest total was in August 2013 when 4,032,000 million passengers travelled through the airport.
July passenger numbers increased by 6% compared to July 2013 and must surely aid Gatwick’s bid for a second runway.
Contributing to the increase was a 10.5% increase in European scheduled passengers, an 8.9% increase in other long haul traffic and a 6.6% increase in North Atlantic passengers – assisted by Norwegian Air’s low-cost services to the US. Air transport movements were up by 2.8%, although cargo was down by 8.1%.
In a rolling 12-month period (August 2013 to July 2013) passenger numbers have increased by 6.1% to almost 40 million (36,926,700) compared to the previous 12-month period.
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “The strength of Norwegian’s new low-cost long haul flights on new-generation aircraft is really encouraging. What passengers want is the convenience of flying from their local airport to the destination of their choice with fares they can afford.
“Building a third runway at Heathrow will diminish the choice available to British passengers, making it more expensive to go on holiday, to travel for business and to export goods and services. We support competition, reduced fares and two world-class London airports serving the UK as a whole.”