Passenger numbers up at Gatwick

Increased load factors and an extra day in February all helped Gatwick Airport achieve another month’s growth in passenger numbers – the 14th consecutive month of growth.

Figures recently released show that the airport handled an extra 53,900 passengers in February compared to February 2010 – an increase of 2.6%.

During the past 12 months (March 2011 to February 2012) the airport has seen a 6.7% increase in passenger traffic when compared to the previous 12 months (March 2010 to February 2011).

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport Chief Executive said: “I am pleased to report another month of year-on-year growth in passenger numbers at Gatwick. Our substantial investment in the airport is seeing Gatwick attract new long-haul customers and ensure that London remains one of the best-connected cities in the world.

“In recent weeks and months we have seen routes opened up to Vietnam and Hong Kong and we look forward to welcoming Air China and Korean Air in the coming months as we support the UK economy with connections to the Far East.

“Gatwick does have the capacity to grow and accommodate more flights so we are in a good position to help the UK broaden its trade links with the fast-growing developing markets. The fact that airlines from South East Asia and the BRIC nations are choosing to operate flights from Gatwick sends a clear message that airlines can serve London as effectively from Gatwick as Heathrow, and that Gatwick can, and is contributing to the economic wellbeing of the UK.”

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