Gatwick sees 24 consecutive months of passenger growth

An increase in destinations offered and more passengers per plane enabled Gatwick Airport to increase passenger numbers by 7.2% in February compared with February 2014.

More than 2.4 million passengers passed through the airport in February, an increase of 165,177 on the same period last year, making February the 24th month of consecutive passenger growth.

Passenger numbers have now topped more than 38.4 million in a rolling 12-month period (March ’14 – February ’15).

An additional 16 destinations (Paris Charles de Gaulle, Florence, New York, Warsaw, Fort Lauderdale, Kaunas, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Strasbourg, Puerto Vallarta, Pamplona, Bodo, Tunis, Plovdiv, Luxor and Erbil International in Iraq) were available from Gatwick last month compared with February 2014, helping the airport to achieve increased numbers in all areas except UK domestic and Channel Island flights.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said, “Two years of consecutive month on month growth is a tremendous achievement and shows the benefits of greater competition and low cost travel. We are also benefitting from the huge investment we’ve made in operating the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

“But our continued growth has limits – we are now unable to meet demand across much of the year and are just a few years away from hitting full capacity. Creating more airport capacity in London and the South East will be one of the biggest decisions facing any new Government.

“Expanding Gatwick would be a genuinely exciting opportunity, and help to create a choice of two world-class gateways for UK and international travellers, promoting competition to keep travel affordable for all. A new runway at Gatwick is deliverable sooner, at lower cost, and without the overwhelming environmental obstacles that face Heathrow.”

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