Passenger numbers up at Gatwick

Gatwick witnessed a 5.9% increase in passenger numbers last month.

Figures recently released show that more than 3.6 million passengers passed through the airport in July 2011 – 201,300 more passengers than July 2010. This is a continuation of an upward trend in passengers at Gatwick as, in a rolling 12-month period, passenger numbers have increased by 4% on the previous 12 months.

A 14.1% increase in the low cost carrier European schedule helped fuel the increase, as did an increase in load factors from 84.5% to 86.8% .

The future looks bright for Gatwick following Air Asia X’s announcement that it will switch operations from Stansted to Gatwick in October 2011.

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