In September, the number of people that has travelled through Gatwick Airport increased by 6% compared to the previous year, reaching 4 million passengers. In addition to this, Gatwick has achieved 31 consecutive months of growth, welcoming 39.7 million passengers to the airport last year.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, stated: “Gatwick expects to pass the 40 million annual passengers mark this year, a milestone that the airports commission analysis predicted we will reach in a decade. A government decision this year in favour of Gatwick would mean that we can start building during this parliament and be operational by 2025. Our runway proposal can be delivered faster, with a fraction of the environmental impact and at no cost to the UK tax prayer”.
The new planned expansion of Gatwick will be a great help to the UK’s economy and ecologically speaking it is in fact the cleanest and calmest alternative we have found, Mr Wingate said.
Destinations that have participated in this latest growth are European routes (increasing by 7.8%) and North Atlantic routes (rising by 11.3%). In addition, this September, Canadian routes have increasing by 7.1% year on year with Vancouver and Toronto, growing by 14% and 12% respectively.
The demand for Canadian routes is growing considerably and as proof of this, from May 2016, the Canadian airline Westjet will start six new routes between London Gatwick to Canada. Airline ticket prices begin from £163 for a single trip with flights to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and St. John’s, including the UK’s first direct flight to Winnipeg.
Comparing September 2015 and September 2014, 216,956 more passengers passed through London Gatwick. This significant increase is the result of the growing hourly air traffic movements and bigger planes that are used
According to Wingate: “Gatwick’s exceptional performance includes the significant growth of our transatlantic routes, which from May will include Westjet’s six new Canadian routes, and is the latest demonstration of the benefits of competition that Gatwick brings consumers, with new generation carriers and aircraft driving a low cost long-haul revolution.”