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.”

Record-breaking January for Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is celebrating after experiencing its busiest-ever January.

A whopping 2.8 million passengers passed through the airport last month, 12.1% more than in January 2016, that’s an increase of 303,000 people!

Contributing to the increase in passengers was the boom in long-haul services which saw a 23.2% increase in numbers, much of this can be attributed to a 55.3% increase in passengers travelling on North American routes (Toronto +177%, Los Angeles +94% and New York +82%).

Domestic passenger numbers, including those travelling to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, increased by 15.9% – the greatest increases were on the following routes: Belfast International +122%, Newquay +32%, Isle of Man +11% and Inverness +12%.

In a rolling 12-month period (February 2016 – January 2017), passenger numbers increased by 7.5% to 43,439,800, when compared to the previous 12-months (February 2015 – January 2016).

Record-breaking November at Gatwick

Passenger numbers are still booming at Gatwick with a record 2.8 million passengers passing through the airport last month – 7.3% up on November 2015.

While passenger numbers saw an increase, November’s cargo volumes also rose, up by 12% on the same period last year.

The airport’s increasing long-haul services – up by 20% last month – has helped the airport to its busiest-ever November.

In a rolling 12-month period, passenger numbers are heading steadily towards the 43 million mark – Gatwick handled 42.7 million passengers between December 2015 and November 2016, up 6.4% on the previous 12 months.

With Thomas Cook’s new Cape Town service launching this month and Cathay Pacific’s announcement that, from June, it is increasing its Hong Kong flights to daily – up from four times weekly – Gatwick passenger numbers are surely set to continue their upward spiral.

Busy Christmas expected at Gatwick

According to figures released by Gatwick, the airport is in for its busiest Christmas, all thanks to the holiday falling on a weekend.

The airport is expecting 34% more passengers to pass through the airport on Christmas Eve, while New Year’s Eve passenger traffic is expected to be 32% more than last year.

Overall, passenger numbers are expected to be up by more than 10% on Christmas 2015.

The busiest day of the holiday period is expected to be Friday 23 December when passenger numbers are expected to be up by 18%, while Christmas day, usually the quietest day, is expected to see passenger numbers up by 25% on last year.

Top ten Christmas long-haul destinations

  1. Dubai
  2. Bridgetown
  3. Orlando
  4. New York
  5. Toronto
  6. Cancun
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Montego Bay
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Cape Town

Top ten Christmas short-haul destinations

  1. Dublin
  2. Geneva
  3. Barcelona
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Belfast
  6. Madrid
  7. Tenerife
  8. Copenhagen
  9. Milan
  10. Malaga

Gatwick sees busiest-ever month

The records are tumbling at Gatwick after the airport reported that July was its busiest-ever month in its 80-year history.

4,621,000 passed through the airport last month, an increase of 6.9% when compared with July 2015.

Contributing to the increase was a whopping 49.9% increase in North Atlantic in passengers, while passengers travelling to Ireland rose by 20.3% on the same period in 2015.

Domestic passengers, other long-haul and European scheduled also saw increases of 3.3%, 3.7% and 4.7% respectively.

With load factors of 90%, air transport movements up by 3.5% and cargo up by 18.4%, Gatwick bosses must surely believe the airport has demonstrated it’s more than ready for a second runway?

Gatwick sees 36 months of consecutive passenger growth

In the space of three years Gatwick has gone from handling 34 million passengers to fast-approaching 41 million.

This March saw more than 3.1 million passengers pass through Gatwick, an increase of 5.8% on March 2015, and marking 36 months of consecutive passenger growth.

Gatwick’s expanding long-haul market contributed to the increase in passengers – North Atlantic passenger numbers increased by 19.3% with Los Angeles flights seeing a 62.8% increase in passengers, Toronto passengers rose by 60.3% and Vancouver’s by 35.8%.

Passengers flying to Irish destinations increased by 15.4%, while European scheduled passengers were up 7.9%, at the expense of European chartered which fell by 11.4%.

In a rolling 12-month period (April 2015 – March 2016), passengers were up 5.5% when compared to the previous 12-month period (April 2014 – March 2015).

With the introduction of 20 new long-haul destinations this summer, the airport can only expect to see passenger numbers increase more than ever, further cementing its argument that it needs a second runway.

Busy Easter expected at Gatwick

It’s going to be very busy at Gatwick Airport this Easter with around 2.2 million passengers expected to pass through the airport between 25 March and 10 April.

Passenger numbers are expected to be 5 percent up on last year, and more than half a million (580,000) are expected during the Easter weekend alone.

The top 10 most popular destination this Easter are:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Geneva
  3. Dublin
  4. Madrid
  5. Amsterdam
  6. Malaga
  7. Dubai
  8. Milan
  9. Orlando
  10. Tenerife

Gatwick’s sees record-breaking February

Gatwick saw its busiest ever February last month as 2.7 million passengers passed through the airport – a 9% increase on February 2015 – marking 36 months of consecutive passenger growth.

Contributing to the increased numbers was a 22% rise in travelers on North Atlantic routes, a 21.6% increase in passengers to Ireland, while European scheduled and other long-haul routes saw rises of 11.5% and 7.8% respectively.

Air transport movements were also up by .9%, although cargo was down by 12.2% (metric tonnes).

In a rolling 12-month period (March 2015 – February 2016), passenger numbers were up by 5.7% to 40.6 million, compared to the previous 12-month period (March 2014 – February 2015).

Record-breaking month for Gatwick

Gatwick Airport has, once again, seen a record-breaking month for passenger numbers.

A total of 2.5 million passengers passed through the airport last month, 5.7% more than the previous year – an extra 135,417 passengers.

Strong growth on routes to Ireland (up 14.3%), scheduled European services (up 7.4%), north Atlantic routes, (up 7.4%) and other long-haul flights (up 6.5%), made January the airport’s busiest ever January.

In a rolling 12-month period (February 2015 – January 2016), passenger numbers topped the 40.4-million mark, 5.6% more than the previous 12-month period.

Global record for Gatwick

What a 2015 Gatwick has had.

The year ended as it started with a record-breaking month – December saw 2.7 million passengers pass through the airport, up 4.7% on the previous year.

Every month in 2015 saw continued growth in passenger numbers, in fact Gatwick has seen 34 consecutive months of increased growth. With passenger numbers continuing to rise, it’s no surprise that Gatwick passed the 40-million-passenger milestone in 2015, seeing 40.3 million passengers pass through the airport – a world record. No other single-runway airport has ever handled 40 million passengers in one year.

The only blot on Gatwick’s exceptional year was that it didn’t achieve Government backing to build a second runway.

Speaking about 2015, Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “2015 was a record-breaking year for Gatwick as the airport continued to break new ground. We served 40.3 million passengers – the most from any single runway anywhere in the world.

“Since independent ownership in 2009 we have grown rapidly and the benefits of competition are clear for passengers – more choice, higher standards and lower fares.

“A Government decision this year backing Gatwick expansion will mean that Britain finally solves its long standing problem of airport capacity in the South East. Our plan is legal, affordable, cleaner and quieter and will deliver for Britain.”