Gatwick sees rise in July passenger numbers

Passenger figures just released by Gatwick Airport show that the number of passengers passing through the airport last month increased by 5.5% when compared to July 2012.

A total of just more than 3.8 million passengers travelled through the airport last month, 200,000 more than the previous period. Although passenger numbers were down in July 2012 due to the London 2012 Olympics, the airport believes that the underlying increase in numbers is closer to 3.5%.

Contributing to the increase was a 9.1% increase in passengers on European scheduled flights and a 9.3% increase in passengers on other long haul flights. Passenger traffic on North Atlantic routes fell by 10.7%, while passenger numbers to Ireland fell 3.5%.

In a rolling 12-month period (August 2012 to July 2013) passenger numbers have increased by 2.5% when compared to the previous 12 months (August 2011 to July 2012).

Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick said: “While over 3.8 million passengers passed through Gatwick in July, the rate of growth needs to be adjusted to take into account the adverse impact on traffic of last year’s London 2012 Olympic Games. Considering this, we saw underlying growth of 3.5% in July this year.

“It is encouraging to see growth in European traffic given the strong economic headwinds. We are also pleased to note the continued success of some of our newer long haul carriers such as Air China and Vietnam Airlines, which extended its services over the summer to offer passengers even more choice of when to travel to this key emerging market.”

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