Gatwick passengers numbers up 9.2% in March

Gatwick witnessed its busiest March on record with passenger numbers up by 9.2% compared to the same period last year.

Figures just released show that the airport saw 2.96 million passengers pass through the airport last month, compared to 2.71 million last year.

Contributing to March’s increase were a 17% increase in North Atlantic passengers, a 12.1% rise in European scheduled passengers and a 10.8% increase in Ireland passengers. Air transport movements rose by 4.2%.

In a rolling 12-month period (April 2014 to March 2015), passenger numbers were up 7.8% (38,661,700) compared to the same period the previous year.

Gatwick Airport has now seen 25 months of consecutive passenger growth and predicts that passenger numbers will top 40 million in 2016 – a decade earlier than predicted by the Department for Transport.

Speaking about the increase in passenger numbers, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “The figures speak for themselves – we need to build a second runway in order to realise our potential and to maximise the nation’s connectivity to the rest of the world. Let us deliver against our promise to build a new runway sooner, at lower cost, and without the environmental obstacles that Heathrow would face.”

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