April passenger numbers fall at Gatwick

An early Easter and the lack of an additional bank holiday in April have been blamed for a small reduction in passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport last month.

Gatwick handled 2,725,500 passengers in April – a 1.3% fall in numbers when compared to April 2011.

The numbers must be a disappointment to Gatwick as, up until April, the airport had seen 15 consecutive months of passenger growth, although, on a rolling 12-month period (May 2011 – April 2012) passenger numbers have risen by 4.4% when compared to the previous 12-month period.

Nick Dunn, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Financial Officer said: “The year-on-year decrease in passenger traffic is largely accounted for by the timing of public holidays in April 2011, including the late Easter holiday weekend, the additional holiday to mark the royal wedding and the early May bank holiday. Despite this, planes were flying fuller with load factors up 1.2 percentage points.

“This month we were given a vote of confidence by Korean Air and Air China as they launched operations to Seoul and Beijing respectively. With room to accommodate more flights, we are in a strong position to help London remain one of the best connected cities in the world.”

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