Record numbers at Gatwick

With the Government still undecided about which airport should be permitted to build the next runway, Gatwick is continuing to see a record number of passengers pass through the airport.

If passenger numbers were anything to go by, surely Gatwick would have won the airport-expansion race months ago?

November 2015 was the airport’s busiest November on record and the 33rd consecutive month of passenger growth. More than 2.6 million passengers passed through the airport last month, a 7.3% increase on the previous November (an additional 178,253 passengers).

Contributing to the growth in numbers were: a 9.7% increase in passengers on North Atlantic routes, a 12.5% rise in Irish passengers, 9.6% in scheduled European and a 4.9% rise in other long-haul passengers. Air transport movements were also up by 3.8%.

In a rolling 12-month period (December ’14 – November ’15), passenger numbers increased by 5.8% (to 40,147,400) when compared to the previous 12 months.

Speaking about the numbers and the delayed runway announcement, Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Britain has a clear choice on airport expansion: get on with growth at Gatwick or yet more delays and inertia with an illegal Heathrow scheme that continues to stall.

“This decision has always been about balancing the economic benefits of expansion with the impact on the environment. The simple facts show that Gatwick expansion would give the country the economic benefit it needs at a dramatically lower environmental cost.

“With 12 new long-haul routes starting in 2016 and significant growth across all sectors, from both existing and new airlines, it is clear why expansion at Gatwick needs to go ahead now.”

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