Gatwick sees 36 months of consecutive passenger growth

In the space of three years Gatwick has gone from handling 34 million passengers to fast-approaching 41 million.

This March saw more than 3.1 million passengers pass through Gatwick, an increase of 5.8% on March 2015, and marking 36 months of consecutive passenger growth.

Gatwick’s expanding long-haul market contributed to the increase in passengers – North Atlantic passenger numbers increased by 19.3% with Los Angeles flights seeing a 62.8% increase in passengers, Toronto passengers rose by 60.3% and Vancouver’s by 35.8%.

Passengers flying to Irish destinations increased by 15.4%, while European scheduled passengers were up 7.9%, at the expense of European chartered which fell by 11.4%.

In a rolling 12-month period (April 2015 – March 2016), passengers were up 5.5% when compared to the previous 12-month period (April 2014 – March 2015).

With the introduction of 20 new long-haul destinations this summer, the airport can only expect to see passenger numbers increase more than ever, further cementing its argument that it needs a second runway.

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