During the month of March 3.1 million passengers have travelled through Gatwick Airport, which has been the busiest ever March in its history.
With an increase of 5.8% year on year, Gatwick also has to celebrate its third year of consecutive month on month growth.
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate stated: “Three years of consecutive month on month growth shows Gatwick continues to provide what our passengers want – more choice and better value to a greater range of destinations… An expanded Gatwick would build on this momentum and deliver yet more competition and choice for passengers – only last month Norwegian pledged 50 Dreamliners to a two-runway Gatwick, which would transform the UK long-haul market. Government backing for Gatwick expansion this year will mean that the UK finally and definitively has a solution to its long enduring aviation capacity issue. Our plan is legal, affordable, cleaner and quieter and will finally deliver for Britain.”
Therefore, the Norwegian’s brand new flight to Boston, which started last month, has had to be brought forward by two months because of such strong demand. This is the first of Gatwick’s 20 long-distance new routes that we will be able to enjoy this summer. Hong Kong, Cape Town, Vancouver, Lima and Costa Rica are just some of the new destinations.
During last month, long-haul routes performed extremely well, with an increase of 9.6% year on year, driven by North Atlantic routes (+19.3%), including Los Angeles (+62.8%), Toronto (+60.3%) and Vancouver (+35.8%).
It is important to highlight that last month European routes also grew, including the Canary Islands (Fuerteventura) (38.6%), Venice (32.8%) and Iceland (30.8%).
In March, an additional 170,930 passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport compared to the same month in 2015. Average load factors were 83.8%.