Record-breaking October at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is heading for three years of consecutive passenger growth.

The airport’s busiest October ever saw more than 3.6 million passengers pass through the airport, a 7.8% increase on October 2014 (262,600 extra passengers), and the airport’s 32nd month of consecutive growth.

Contributing to the increase were a 12.3% increase in passengers travelling on routes to Ireland, a 13.5% increase in passengers to Europe, and an 8.5% increase in North Atlantic passengers.

In a rolling 12-month period (November 2014 – October 2015), the airport handled 39,969,100 passengers – a 5.7% increase on the previous 12 months. However, moving the 12-month period end to the past weekend, the airport claims to have broken the 40-million-passenger-a-year mark for the first time – nine years ahead of predictions!

Commenting on the 40-miion passengers per year, Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said, “To reach 40 million passengers a year is a tremendous achievement and sets a global benchmark for a single runway airport.  We have grown rapidly under new ownership and the benefits of competition are clear for passengers – more choice, higher standards and lower fares. It will not be long however before we are full. That is why Gatwick needs a second runway.”

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