Gatwick sees continued passenger growth

According to recent figures, Gatwick Airport passenger numbers are still increasing with the airport achieving its 15th consecutive month of passenger growth in March.

Gatwick saw 2,513,900 passengers pass through the airport in March – a 3.9% increase when compared with March 2011.

Contributing to the growth was the early Easter holiday and a 5.1% increase in load factor, now at 80.3%.

In a rolling 12-month period to end March 2012, Gatwick passenger numbers are up 6.9% on the previous 12 months.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport said: “This has been a successful year for Gatwick, having achieved passenger growth every single month despite the economic headwinds being faced in our industry. We have been competing vigorously with other London airports including Heathrow, Stansted and Luton and we have been winning new routes to the UK’s key trading partners, providing direct connections between London and high growth economies.

“In this last year, Gatwick has attracted new routes to South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and the Caribbean. We continue to provide connections to closer destinations with new routes to Germany and Iceland, and we have seen growth from some of our established carriers including easyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Gatwick’s improving connections should help to maintain London’s role as a major hub.”

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