Gatwick sees busiest ever September

The airport expansion battle between Heathrow and Gatwick is continuing with both airports announcing record passenger numbers for September.

Here at Gatwick, figures just released show that airport passenger numbers were up by 7.7% in September compared with the same period last year – that’s an extra 274,000 passengers!

More than 3.8 million passengers passed through Gatwick last month – 20% of these travellers were business travellers.

Contributing to the increase – the airport’s 19 consecutive month of passenger growth – were the long-haul markets of North Atlantic routes, up 12.6%, and other long haul destinations (including Dubai, Indonesia and Vietnam), which were up 12.5%.

European scheduled passenger numbers were up 11.6% on September 2013, particularly the business routes of Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Warsaw.

In a rolling 12-month period (October 2013 – September 2014), passenger numbers stand at 37,531,000 – up 6.9% on the previous 12 months (October 2012 – September 2013).

Commenting on the passenger figures, Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said, “Gatwick continues to prove that competition in the London market is working for passengers and airlines. More people than ever are choosing Gatwick over other airports and new short and long haul routes continue to open and prosper. In September, we have seen significant growth on the UK’s only direct route to Vietnam and the start of a new service to Jakarta from Gatwick.”

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