Record-breaking February for Gatwick

Gatwick experienced its busiest-ever February last month.

The number of passengers passing through the airport was just shy of the three-million mark – 9.9% more than February 2016.

Long-haul services continue to be the driver of passenger growth with numbers up 20.3% last month compared to the same period last year.

Valentine’s Day had an impact on passengers: Dubai, the airport’s most popular long-haul destination in February, saw an 8% increase in passenger traffic.

North Atlantic routes were extremely popular in February, with passenger numbers to New York, Los Angeles and Toronto up by 66%, 90% and 172% respectively.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick’s February passenger figures demonstrate the confidence we are witnessing from our passengers, with travel still high priority following the Brexit referendum, with passenger numbers +10% on February 2016.

“Our booming long-haul growth, reflects our passengers’ response to our established and growing line-up of long-haul destinations. In the next three weeks alone British Airways start their new route to Oakland, San Francisco and Virgin Atlantic to Varadero, Cuba. Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific’s existing route to Hong Kong will be going daily this summer.”

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