Gatwick Airport continues its success month to month and in April, it wasn’t going to be different.
Last month, the number of passengers increased by 4% on the previous year, which means that 3.3 million passengers passed through Gatwick’s doors. In addition, there is other news to celebrate: from next month, there will be 28 new flights a week to Canada that will directly link the UK to the Chinese growth markets Chongqing and Tianjin.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, has stated: “Gatwick’s 28 new flights to Canada from WestJet plus the UK’s only connections to Chinese growth markets Chongqing and Tianjin, next month, clearly show that Gatwick can deliver the crucial new long-haul routes the UK needs. With a second runway, Gatwick can take the UK even further. Only Gatwick’s legal, affordable, cleaner and quieter plan gives the UK the opportunity to finally realise the benefits another runway will bring while limiting the impact on the environment. Plans to expand Heathrow have stalled time and time again because of unacceptable noise impacts and worsening air quality – it is ever more clear that only Gatwick can happen.”
These new services reveal that transatlantic routes continue to be unstoppable: this year, among the 20 new routes coming to Gatwick Airport, WestJet (a Canadian airline) launches 28 flights a week to Canada – to be joined by a daily Air Canada Rouge service to Toronto later in May. A relevant detail regarding North Atlantic flights is that in April, these routes rose by 20% year on year, highlighting New York routes (+162%) and Los Angeles routes (+135%).
Moreover, in Gatwick Airport, long haul routes continued to perform especially well +6% in April. We must take into account that it has been the month in which British Airways started the UK’s only direct routes to Costa Rica and Lima from this Airport. This followed holiday destinations performing strongly from the airport with Split, Croatia routes +87%, Valencia routes +48%, Phuket routes +34% and Tenerife +26% as passengers jetted off on Easter holiday breaks.
In relation to domestic routes, they also performed well last month with Belfast +85%, Newquay +28% and Inverness +21%.
Undoubtedly, Gatwick Airport is one of the airports with a better projection in the UK, as it has been improving its details month to month and it is expected that it won’t change.