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10th April 2017
Gatwick has topped the 44m passenger mark for the first year ever (Source: Getty)

Gatwick Airport presses for expansion after topping a record 44m annual passengers

Gatwick Airport has recorded its best year on record, welcoming 44m passengers to the airport in a year for the first time. The London airport passed the milestone this weekend, making it a record for a single runway airport, and taking Gatwick to 49 consecutive months of growth. Gatwick’s boss Stewart Wingate has taken the opportunity to reiterate his push for airport expansion. Gatwick lost out when Heathrow got the green light for a third runway at the end of last year, but it has been keen to keep the pressure on and secure an additional runway “at the earliest opportunity”. “At this crucial time for the country and the economy, Gatwick continues to stand ready […]
9th April 2017
Gatwick Airport broke through 44m passengers this month, which is more than any other one runway site

Thirst for transatlantic flights pushes Gatwick to break passenger world record

A spike in long-haul passengers to North America has helped Gatwick Airport smash a world record for passenger at a single-runway airport. The airport passed the 44m passengers a year mark last Saturday driven by demand long-haul routes, particularly transatlantic ones. The number of passengers on such flights rose 47pc to 2.87m during the year to end of March as 20 new long-haul routes were launched from the airport. The West Sussex airport also 
enjoyed a surge in the amount of cargo it handled, with it rising 16pc to 
81,138 metric tonnes, suggesting there is strong demand for hold space on long-haul flights from importers and exporters. Stewart Wingate, Gatwick chief executive, said: “We saw a […]
9th April 2017
LLA has experienced three years of continuous growth

LLA hits 15 million passenger milestone

15 million passengers travelled through London Luton Airport (LLA) in the last 12 months; a new milestone in LLA’s 79-year history. More than 1.2 million passengers flew through LLA In March – a 15.7% increase compared with the same period last year, marking three years of continuous growth at the airport. LLA is currently investing in a major redevelopment to meet passenger demand. The transformation is well underway and the passenger experience will be significantly improved as the airport’s capacity grows to 18 million in the next three years. The growth of the airport is also reflected in the increased number of routes on offer. In March easyJet launched two new routes from LLA; to the […]
8th November 2016
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Heathrow chairman Lord Deighton wants other airports given the green light for expansion

Lord Deighton is feeling magnanimous since Heathrow’s expansion plans have been given the go-ahead. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Heathrow’s chairman said airports across Britain should be allowed to grow; as long as there’s enough demand for their services. “To the extent that those airports need an extra runway to be able to provide the slots to support economically supportable routes, absolutely,” he said. “To the extent that there is business at these places, I’m comfortable with them expanding.”
7th November 2016
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Ryanair celebrates carrying two million passengers on second anniversary at Glasgow Airport

Ryanair celebrates carrying two million customers on the second anniversary of the airline’s inaugural flight from Glasgow Airport in 2014. The airline opened its first-ever base at Glasgow Airport on October 28, 2014 with seven routes to destinations such as Dublin, London Stansted, Riga and Warsaw. Two years on the airline now operates 20 routes, including 12 new destinations for Glasgow Airport.
25th October 2016
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Q&A: Heathrow expansion – what happens next

What are the details of the announcement on Britain’s next runway? Six years after it overturned plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, the government has announced a renewed expansion of London’s main airport. A cabinet subcommittee of ministers, excluding some notable opponents of Heathrow, met on Tuesday morning and decided to endorse the verdict of the Airports Commission by approving a third runway, rather than choose another shortlisted scheme at Gatwick. The decision will be formally announced by the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, in the House Commons.