PASSENGER NUMBERS AT GATWICK RISE BY 6.8%

13 June 2011

Passenger numbers increased by 185,700 in May 2011, 12 months on from the disruption caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland.

  • Passenger numbers increased by 185,700 in May 2011, 12 months on from the disruption caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallaj√∂kull in Iceland.
  • Passenger numbers were impacted in May 2010 due to sporadic closures to airspace above Gatwick and elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
  • The impact of the eruption of Grimsvotn in Iceland in May 2011 was much lower than in the previous year. Airspace above Gatwick was not closed and distruption was limited to airports in Northern parts of the UK.
  • Passenger numbers also increased as holidaymakers took advantage of the Bank holidays and the start of the Summer half-term. An additional 21,000 passengers travelled through Gatwick over the second May Bank holiday period (26 - 30 May 2011) - up by 3.9% on the comparable period last year.
  • Average load factors reached a record high for May, increasing 0.6 percentage points from 76.7% in May 2010 to 77.3%.
  • New long haul carrier, Sun Country, commenced services between Gatwick and Minneapolis on 28 May. The weekly service is London's only direct link to the largest city in the US state of Minnesota.
  • In May, Gatwick announced that Air Nigeria, the national flag carrier of Nigeria, is to launch its first international route outside Africa with a daily service between London and Lagos.
 
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