Gatwick sees 4% increase in June passenger numbers

June’s passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport were given a major boost by the school holidays and Jubilee celebrations.

Figures just released by the airport show that an extra 129,000 passengers passed through the airport in June when compared with June 2011 – a 4% increase.

A rise of 8.2% in passengers on European scheduled service, new Asian routes and a 1.7% increase in average load factors to 84.4% all contributed to the increase in passengers.

In a rolling 12-month period (July 2011 to June 2012) passenger numbers were up 3.9% when compared to the previous 12 months.

Nick Dunn, the airport’s Chief Financial Officer said: “A four per cent growth in passenger numbers for June starts the summer season on a good note. More important however are the year-on-year increases in average load factors that we are seeing at Gatwick. As we look to achieve sustainable growth from our single runway over the next decade and grow our passenger numbers by a third it is critical that we remain focused on operating our airfield efficiently. Flying fuller planes will help contribute to that sustainable growth, as will adding larger planes to the aircraft mix and facilitating more plane movements per hour – all of which we are pushing hard to deliver.

“It is also good to report that our new long-haul carriers serving important high growth economies are performing well and supporting growth in the long-haul markets generally.”

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