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17th March 2017

Passenger numbers rose by 19% at London Luton Airport in February

Over 1 million passengers travelled through the airport 35 consecutive months of double-digit passenger growth 4 new routes due to commence this month London Luton Airport (LLA) saw passenger numbers grow by 19.5% in February compared with the same month last year. Over one million travellers passed through the airport, marking thirty-five consecutive months of double-digit passenger growth. To meet this continued demand, LLA is making the largest single investment in the airport’s history to upgrade the airport’s facilities and improve the passenger experience. Construction is well underway and the redevelopment will increase capacity by 50% to 18 million by 2020. In addition to the work taking place on the terminal, plans have also been submitted […]
16th March 2017

Strong +20.3% growth on long-haul routes drives Gatwick’s record-breaking February

Gatwick Airport saw a +9.9% jump in passenger traffic last month driven by +20.3% year-on-year growth on long-haul routes. The airport handled 3.0 million passengers to record its busiest-ever February. Dubai was the airport’s most popular long-haul destination, with 76,965 passengers visiting – up +8% year-on-year. Gatwick said the increase was driven by a rise in passengers booking a Valentine’s break there. Other destinations the airport said had also likely benefitted from the “Valentine’s effect” include St Lucia (+52%), New York (+66%), and Paris (+77%). North Atlantic routes primarily drove the long-haul growth, Gatwick said, with a +53.1% increase. Toronto (+172%), Los Angeles (+90%) and New York (+66%) all saw strong growth. Gatwick noted that skiing […]
15th March 2017

New self-service touchless bag drop deployed at London Luton airport

The first touchless T-Series bag drop in the UK has been deployed at London Luton airport, streamlining and simplifying the baggage check-in process. The new self-service bag drop from Rockwell Collins employs a two-step approach: passengers first use their reference number to print a boarding card and/or weigh their bag and print a tag. Once tagged, the luggage is taken to the self-service kiosk and the bag is automatically dispatched. Already in use at several airports around the world, the system has won praise from both customers and staff for improving the passenger experience and improving processing speeds. “We’re investing £110 million to transform the passenger experience at London Luton airport,” Kim Kennedy, Senior Manager of […]
13th March 2017

Gatwick pax up +9.9% to 3m record breaking February

London Gatwick Airport handled a total of 3m passengers (+9.9%) in February, with its long-haul routes recording very strong growth of +20.3% in the period compared with February 2016. Gatwick management said that its long-haul growth ‘once again’ demonstrates the importance of Gatwick Airport as a business link, which is playing ‘a key role’ in connecting Britain to important growth markets. Airport management said: “Destinations likely benefitting from passengers booking a Valentine’s break included Dubai, the airport’s most popular long-haul destination in the month with 76,965 passengers visiting and +8% on February 2016. “Other destinations also likely benefiting from the Valentine’s effect included St Lucia +52%, New York +66% and Paris +77%. Los Angeles was +90% […]
10th March 2017

Gatwick a ‘credible option’ for runway expansion as passenger numbers rise

Gatwick Airport insists it remains a “credible and deliverable option” for runway expansion after recording almost double-digit growth in passenger numbers last month. Some three million people used the West Sussex airport in February, up 9.9% on the same month in 2016 despite there being one day fewer. Its long-haul routes were up 20.3%, while cargo grew by 6%. Gatwick chief executive 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.” He went on: “O ur long-haul growth is driving the natural corresponding cargo increase, this month plus 6%, which is joined by strong growth in Gatwick’s regional connections across […]
8th March 2017

South Korea charter flights deal announced by Glasgow Airport

Glasgow Airport is to welcome four direct flights from South Korea this summer, bringing more than 1,000 tourists to Scotland. Korean Air and tour operator Hanjin Travel have announced four inbound charter flights from the country’s capital Seoul to Glasgow. Using an Airbus A330 aircraft, the first service from Seoul will arrive in Glasgow on July 26, with the remaining three flights touching down throughout August. As a result of the new flights, Glasgow will welcome more than 1,300 South Korean tourists. The decision was made by the firms following last year’s success of operating three charter flights to Glasgow from Seoul. Steven Marshall, head of airline marketing and development at Glasgow Airport, said: “Their decision […]

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