Gatwick sees 28 consecutive months of passenger growth

Gatwick Airport is disputing the Airport Commission’s recommendation that the next new runway should be built at Heathrow Airport.

Citing more than two years of consecutive growth and its busiest June ever, airport bosses believe Gatwick offers “the best option for expansion as it can cater for all airline types flying to all types of destination”.

Figures just released show that Gatwick handled 3.8 million passengers in June, a 5% increase on June 2014. Making last month the 28th consecutive month of passenger growth.

Contributing to the rise in numbers is the fact that passengers travelling on long-haul destinations have grown by 8% in the past 12 months.

Comparing June 2014 to June 2015, North Atlantic passenger numbers were up 14.3%.

In a rolling 12-month period (July 2014 to June 2015), passenger numbers were up 6.4% on the previous 12 months.

Gatwick hasn’t given up the fight to build the next runway, as Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said, “We will continue to engage actively with government at all levels to show why Gatwick expansion is the only means by which we can sustain the low cost revolution that has driven aviation growth over the last two decades, and the only choice which can actually deliver the aviation capacity that the UK desperately needs.

“The UK needs extra capacity that can meet the needs of all travellers and Gatwick remains the only deliverable option for expansion.”

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