July passenger numbers fall slightly at Gatwick

Passenger numbers fell slightly last month down by around 4,000 passengers when compared to July 2011.

The slight dip in numbers at Gatwick, 0.1%, was reflected by many airports as it appeared the nation stayed home to watch the Olympics and incoming passengers deferred holidays to avoid the busy travel period.

Gatwick fared better than its former owner BAA, which saw larger falls in passenger numbers at its English airports – Heathrow a fall of 4.4%, Stansted a 5.3% reduction and Southampton a drop of 9.5%.

Commenting on Gatwick’s traffic report for July, Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at Gatwick Airport said: “We saw only a marginal drop in passenger traffic in July compared to last year. This is in line with industry expectations where fewer Britons were predicted to travel abroad in favour of staying at home to soak up the Games.

“It is also good to report another month of strong performance by our new carriers serving important high growth economies. They have helped boost growth to the Asian market by 9.2%”

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