Another record-breaking month at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is celebrating after experienceing a record-breaking September when 4.3 million passengers passed through the airport – a 6.9% increase on the same period last year.

Ever optimistic of receiving planning permission for a second runway, the airport hopes that the increasing number of Gatwick passengers – 42.3 million in the past 12 months – will further emphasise the need for another runway and show how inaccurate the Airport Commission’s forecast for Gatwick is.

According to the Airport Commission’s report, Gatwick isn’t expected to reach the 42 million passenger mark until 2030. Gatwick has surpassed this 14 years ahead of schedule.

Contributing to the September passenger numbers were a 58.5% increase in North Atlantic traffic (Toronto +135%, Vancouver +114% and Los Angeles +50%) and a 14.8% increase in passengers travelling to Ireland. Average load factors were 87%, while cargo growth increased by 17.4%.

Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate, said: “Gatwick’s continued record-breaking growth shows we can deliver for Britain. We are already decades ahead of predictions on passenger and long haul growth and the demand for expansion at Gatwick is clear to see.

“Airport expansion has failed to get off the ground in the past because of insurmountable obstacles such as the air quality and noise impacts that make Heathrow undeliverable. It is time for a new solution. For the first time in this decades-long debate, Gatwick has demonstrated that it can deliver all of the economic benefits at a dramatically lower environmental impact.

“Gatwick gives the Government the certainty of a competitive solution which keeps costs and impacts low while laying the foundations of an economy that works for everyone.”

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