Figures recently released show that more than four million passengers passed through Gatwick Airport in August – an increase of 5.2% when compared with August 2012.
Contributing to the increase in passenger numbers were: a 6.9% increase in European passenger traffic, a 2.9% increase in passengers on long-haul flights and a record 89.4% load factor.
Long-haul passenger traffic experienced a significant reduction to North Atlantic destinations (down 7.2%) due to the withdrawal of US Airways from Gatwick earlier in the year however, this was more than offset by the increase in passengers flying to Dubai (up 8.1%) and Vietnam (up 20.7%).
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick said: “Gatwick saw four million passengers use the airport in August, mainly as a result of the busy school holiday period. However taking into account last year’s Olympics, which saw many people stay in the UK, the underlying growth of 2.5% paints a more accurate picture of the year-on-year increase in passenger numbers.
“This month we were delighted to announce that British Airways will base a tenth long haul aircraft at Gatwick, offering passengers even more choice of when to travel to key leisure destinations in the US and the Caribbean. This news comes as other long haul routes such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi continue to perform well, alongside key European services for business travellers in particular.”