Gatwick passenger numbers up 2.4% in September

3,443,800 passed through Gatwick Airport in September – an increase of 2.4% (80,000 passengers) on September 2011.

In a rolling 12-month period (October 2011 to September 2012), passenger numbers topped the 34 million mark increasing by 2.6% on the previous 12 months.

With load factors continuing to remain high in September – up 1.4% to 86.6% – the airport saw a 7.1% increase in European scheduled passengers and a 12.8% increase in other long-haul passengers. European charter passengers dropped by 11.9% and North Atlantic passenger numbers fell by 10.3% in September 2012.

Commenting on the increase, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Finance Officer Nick Dunn said: “As expected, the increase in late August bookings post the Games continued into September and this saw us return to the historic growth rate of 2.4% for this time of the year.

“Furthermore, I am delighted to see our new long-haul customers serving Beijing, Seoul and Vietnam performing well. We remain committed to supporting those airlines to help them grow and prosper here at Gatwick and ensure London has the connectivity it needs today and in the future.”

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