Slight rise in August passenger numbers

Gatwick saw an extra 7,700 passengers pass through the airport in August – an increase of 0.2% when compared with August 2011.

The Olympic Games continued its affect on how many people chose to stay at home to watch the Games rather than travel abroad on holiday. However, after the Games, Gatwick witnessed a surge in late holiday bookings.

European charter flight passengers fell by 11.7% in August, although European scheduled services saw an increase in passenger numbers of 4.1%. Domestic and Irish services saw a reduction in passengers as did North Atlantic flights. Other long-haul services saw a 8.2% increase in numbers. Load factors at Gatwick were 88%,

Commenting on Gatwick’s traffic report for August, Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at Gatwick Airport said: “The excitement of the Games saw fewer Britons jet abroad on holiday in the first two weeks of August than last year, although there was an increase in late holiday bookings post the closing ceremony and this has continued into September. This saw the overall departing passenger numbers for the month being 1.3% higher than the prior year.”

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