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).

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’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).

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.”

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.”

Gatwick sees 4% increase in June passenger numbers

June’s passenger numbers at Gatwick Airport were given a major boost by the school holidays and Jubilee celebrations.

Figures just released by the airport show that an extra 129,000 passengers passed through the airport in June when compared with June 2011 – a 4% increase.

A rise of 8.2% in passengers on European scheduled service, new Asian routes and a 1.7% increase in average load factors to 84.4% all contributed to the increase in passengers.

In a rolling 12-month period (July 2011 to June 2012) passenger numbers were up 3.9% when compared to the previous 12 months.

Nick Dunn, the airport’s Chief Financial Officer said: “A four per cent growth in passenger numbers for June starts the summer season on a good note. More important however are the year-on-year increases in average load factors that we are seeing at Gatwick. As we look to achieve sustainable growth from our single runway over the next decade and grow our passenger numbers by a third it is critical that we remain focused on operating our airfield efficiently. Flying fuller planes will help contribute to that sustainable growth, as will adding larger planes to the aircraft mix and facilitating more plane movements per hour – all of which we are pushing hard to deliver.

“It is also good to report that our new long-haul carriers serving important high growth economies are performing well and supporting growth in the long-haul markets generally.”

Passenger numbers up at Gatwick

A record number of passengers passed through Gatwick Airport last month.

In what was a busy month due to a late Easter, the Royal Wedding and the May bank holiday, the airport handled 185,700 more passengers than May 2010 – up 6.8%.

Contributing to the numbers was a rise of 14.4% in passengers travelling to Ireland and a 13.9% rise in European scheduled flights – when compared with May 2010.

In a rolling 12-month period (June 2010 – May 2011) passenger traffic was up 2.4% when compared to June 2009 – May 2010).