Gatwick passenger numbers increase in February

Gatwick is continuing to see growth in passenger numbers with a 7.7% increase in passengers through the airport in February.

The airport saw 2.3 million passengers pass through its terminals last month, 164,800 more than February 2013, all this in spite of the loss of US Airways services to North American.

Contributing to the increase in passengers was a 12.8% increase in European Scheduled passengers and a 15.6% rise in other long-haul passengers (Dubai, Sri Lanka and Thailand). Regions that saw a fall in passenger numbers were European Charter, down 13.2%, and North Atlantic passengers, down 14%.

Average load factors were 80.7%.

Even without a second runway, the future of Gatwick looks promising as Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said, “The arrival of the Emirates A380 on its Gatwick-Dubai route and Air China’s reintroduction of direct flights to Beijing in March will further strengthen the growth Gatwick has seen in February on established routes to the Middle East, Far East and Indian Sub-Continent. However we also expect to sustain strong performance on routes to Europe – a market which will continue to dominate in terms of where passengers want to fly for both business and leisure from London.”

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