Gatwick sees 15.4% increase in April passenger numbers

A late Easter helped to contribute to a very successful April for Gatwick Airport.

Figures just released show that the airport saw a massive 15.4% increase in passenger numbers in April when compared with April 2013.

A total of 3,157,600 people passed through the airport’s two terminals in April, an increase of 421,000 on the previous April.

Although a significant number of these passengers were due to Easter falling in April this year, new flights to key business locations also contributed to the increased numbers.

The biggest increase in passenger numbers was on European scheduled services, which saw a 20.8% increase on last April, while European charter numbers were up 14.1%.

In a rolling 12-month period (May ’13 to April ’14) passenger numbers increased by 5.9% compared with the previous 12-month period (May ’12 to April ’13)

CEO of Gatwick Airport, Stewart Wingate, said of the increase, “The fundamental reason for Gatwick’s significant growth in April is its ability to support a mix of airline models – low cost, charter and full service. No other airport in London can do this.

“From easyJet’s new European business routes, to Thomson’s Dreamliner services and British Airways adding new long haul aircraft here, Gatwick is delivering. All airlines can grow here and that means passengers ultimately enjoy more choice and affordable fares. It’s obvious that Gatwick can best meet the demands of the London aviation market and is best-placed for expansion. Gatwick needs to have a second runway.”

Comments

  1. It’s a pity that with the increase in passengers the handling agents cannot cope. Arrived in the north terminal in the early hours of Sunday morning with a young family and my 84yr old mother. It took nearly an hour to get through passport control and two further hours to get our bags through to the carousel.

    How can Gatwick even consider expanding when they contract the likes of SwissPort to handle the baggage.

    A complete shambles!

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