2011 WAS A YEAR OF CONSISTENT PASSENGER GROWTH AT GATWICK

16 January 2012

December marked 12 consecutive months of year on year growth in passenger traffic.

• December marked 12 consecutive months of year on year growth in passenger traffic
• Excluding the impact of last year's snow disruption, passenger traffic increased by 4.3% in December
• Achieved record average load factors of 76.4%, up 2.9 percentage points on the prior year

Summary of Gatwick Airport's performance during November 2011

• Passenger numbers increased by 19.8% year on year, with 375,255 more passengers flying through Gatwick. Excluding the impact of last year's snow disruption, estimated at 281,000 passengers, traffic increased by 4.3%
 
• Achieved a record average load factor of 76.4%, up 2.9 percentage points on the prior year, with strong performance recorded on short haul and domestic routes
 
• Underlying growth and strong load factor performance were particularly evident across the domestic and Eurropean routes of some major carrriers
 
• Gatwick commenced new routes with Vietnam Airlines' first direct flight beetween UK and Vietnam from 9 December, and with Turkish Airlines operating a daily flight to Istanbul from 20 December
 
• Korean Air last week announced a three times a week daily service from Gatwick to Seoul commencing on 29 April this year. Hong Kong Airlines will be operating a daily business class service to Hong Kong from 8 March and Air China will begin a four times a week operation between Gatwick and Beijing from May
 
• Regrettably, AirAsia X is withdrawing its services to Europe (London, Paris) and India (Mumbai, Delhi) from its Kuala Lumpur hub. Their decision is based on the continued high fuel prices in 2011, weakening economic conditions in Europe and the impact of Air Passenger Duty alongside the Emissions Trading Scheme carbon tax in the UK which will result in the withdrawal of operations at Gatwick on 31 March 2012

 
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