Gatwick sees 27 consecutive months of passenger growth

“Choosing airport competition over monopoly is the only answer that is right for the whole of the UK.” That’s the view of Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, speaking as the latest Gatwick passenger numbers were released.

“Expanding Gatwick would enhance competition, meaning Gatwick grows, Heathrow improves, and every part of the UK benefits from a stronger network of competing airports providing passengers more choice, higher standards and lower fares”.

And airport competition seems to be working, for Gatwick at least.

Since the airport was purchased from BAA in 2009, annual passenger numbers have grown by 8 million!

In fact, the airport has witnessed 27 months of consecutive passenger growth.

Figures just released show that Gatwick handled 3.6 million passengers in May, an increase of 5.8% (199,000 passengers) on the May 2014.

Contributing to the growth in numbers were a 17.6% increase in North Atlantic passengers, and a 10.3% increase in passengers travelling to Ireland, while load factors remained strong at 84.2%.

In a rolling 12-month period (June 2014 – May 2015), passenger numbers are up 6.5% on the previous 12 months, taking the total number of passengers to almost 39 million.

With significant passenger growth at Gatwick, there certainly seems to be the demand for a second runway, however, we’ll have to wait and see what recommendations the Airports Commission makes. But that won’t be the end, we’ll still have to wait for the Government to make a decision, and no doubt, whatever decision is made, they’ll still be years of legal wrangling and challenges.

What do you think? Which airport should get the next runway?

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