Gatwick sees 26 consecutive months of passenger growth

More than two consecutive years of passenger growth at Gatwick surely signals that the airport justifies a second runway?

Figures just released show that almost 3.2 million passengers passed through Gatwick in April making it the 26th consecutive month of passenger growth, and the busiest April in the airport’s history.

Although, overall, passenger numbers were up just 0.6% on April 2014, largely due to the fact that the Easter break fell across March and April, the number of North Atlantic passengers rose by 8.2% compared with April 2014. Passenger traffic to Ireland increased by 4.9%.

In a rolling 12-month period (May ’14 to April) passenger numbers rose to 38,684,600, a 6.5% increase when compared to the previous 12-month period.

Referring to the increase in passengers, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Our record run of growth proves yet again the benefit of having a network of competing airports in the South East. However investment can only take us so far with our growth strategy.

“Now is the time for a final decision on extra runway capacity. Decades of debate must now turn to action. The fact remains, a new runway at Gatwick can be delivered quicker, cheaper, more simply and at a fraction of the overwhelming environmental costs that face Heathrow.”

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