Gatwick passenger numbers continue to grow

The number of passengers flying from Gatwick Airport is continuing to grow.

Figures just released by the airport show that the airport saw more than 2.4 million passengers pass through Gatwick in November – an increase of 5.8%, and the 21st month of consecutive growth.

Thanks to the airport’s ACDM-55 accreditation (Airport Collaborative Decision Making), Gatwick is now capable of handling 55 runway movements per hour. This process enabled Gatwick to handle an extra 168 flights in November, compared to November 2013.

The main destinations contributing to the passenger growth were: North Atlantic, which saw a 21.9% increase, European scheduled, which saw a 8% rise in numbers and other long-haul destinations, which saw a 6.6% rise.

In a rolling 12-month period (December 2013 to November 2014) passenger numbers were up 7.4% on the previous 12-month period – European scheduled and other long haul have seen the largest increases – 12% and 11.5% respectively.

The increase in passengers further supports Gatwick’s case for a second runway and Nick Dunn, Gatwick’s Chief Financial Officer, said: “Twenty-one months of growth across a range of airlines and destinations is another telling reminder of the benefits of greater competition between London airports. Being accredited for our efforts to create a more efficient runway is also a significant milestone for Gatwick.

“But greater competition and efficiency can only take us so far and with Gatwick already unable to meet demand across much of the year, we are fast approaching full capacity.

“Gatwick is the only airport that presents both a clear need for more capacity and a clear plan for a new runway that can actually be delivered. As we approach a crucial year in the expansion debate, Gatwick remains the obvious and only deliverable solution to meet the UK’s needs.”

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