Gatwick’s busiest ever October puts airport in top five fastest growing in Europe

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Gatwick Airport has just undergone it’s busiest ever October period, with record passengers, huge long haul growth, and massive cargo volumes.

The airport recorded that a staggering 3.9 million passengers travelled through Gatwick in October. This marks a 7.1 per cent increase in like-for-like figures from the previous year.

There was also a huge increase in long-haul services which soared by 22 per cent, as well as a huge rise in cargo volumes which have shot up by 23 per cent.

This most recent growth has seen Gatwick shoot up the chart for the fastest growing airports in Europe, and Airport Council International announced this week that Gatwick is now in the top five.

In their latest report the revealed the airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic during Q3 2016 (compared with Q3 2015). The top five shows Dublin (+9.7%), Barcelona (+8.7%), Copenhagen (+8.0%), Amsterdam (+7.7%) and London LGW (+6.5%).

Gatwick Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“Gatwick’s record passenger numbers, booming long haul growth, and growing cargo volumes continue to be a vital economic driver for our area, our region, and for the national economy.

“Our long-haul services are growing right across the board. There is increased frequency on existing routes, our airlines are starting new routes, such as Tianjin’s new direct route to Xi’an – the UK’s only direct service – and brand new airlines like Cathay Pacific have joined Gatwick this year.

“This latest route announcement adds to the airport’s line up of long-haul routes which have started this year to China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, as well as the US, which will further increase in November with new routes to Moscow and Cape Town.

“The natural result of the airport’s long-haul growth to key markets is our increase in cargo, this month +23%, which is joined by strong growth in Gatwick’s regional connections across Britain, demonstrating Gatwick’s vital economic role both within Britain and internationally.”

  • This October, long-haul growth continues to rocket, +22% on last year.
  • North Atlantic routes drove this growth +44.4% on this time last year with New York +121%, Los Angeles +56% and Vancouver +32%.
  • UK and Ireland routes grew +6.4% with Belfast +85%, Newquay +31% and Inverness +13%.
  • October has seen Norwegian Airlines start its new route to Las Vegas while already this November Thomson have started their new route to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • This year has seen an impressive line up of new long-haul routes from Gatwick including China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, as well as the US. While upcoming months sees the start of new routes including:
    – British Airways to Cape Town
    – Thomas Cook to Cape Town
    – Aeroflot to Moscow
    – British Airways to Fort Lauderdale
    – British Airways to Oakland San Francisco


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