Gatwick sees 2.1% increase in October passenger numbers

Gatwick Airport saw an extra 60,000 passengers pass through the airport in October compared with October 2011 – a 2.1% increase.

Passenger numbers on long-haul flights increased by 11.2% (39,000 passengers) in October, while the number of passengers travelling to Ireland rose by 8.8% and European scheduled passengers increased by 5.5%.

It wasn’t all good news though, as passenger numbers on European charter and North Atlantic flights fell by 17.8% and 10.7% respectively.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Financial Officer Nick Dunn said: “Economic conditions remain challenging but we are competing hard to make progress through a sustained focus on providing the best passenger experience. Growth has continued into October with 2.1% more passengers choosing to fly from Gatwick compared with last October.

“We were also pleased by the landmark CAA ruling allowing easyJet to fly to Moscow. This clearly shows that crucial business routes can operate out of Gatwick. This decision will encourage real competition and therefore much greater choice and lower costs for passengers.”


  1. Interesting figures, has anyone cared to chance a reason for this increase? I’d be intrigued to find out.

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