London Gatwick results Nov 2013
11 December 2013
London Gatwick saw 2.3 million passengers use the airport in November 2013; an increase of 4.1% or 91,500 passengers over the prior year.
The growth in European routes to Continental Europe, Ireland and the Channel Islands continued with over 1.5 million passengers choosing to fly from London Gatwick - an increase of 6.6% over the prior year. The majority of this growth was on flights to key business routes with destinations such as Moscow, Istanbul and Oslo adding over 85,000 passengers. This was tempered by fewer passengers on charter flights to European leisure destinations, reflecting the longer-term market move towards scheduled, low cost airlines.
Other long haul growth was up 9.6%, mainly as a result of increases on leisure routes such as Thailand and Morocco. This was complemented by growth on long haul business routes such as to Dubai and Vietnam.
Traffic to North America was down 12.8% due to US Airways ceasing services from London Gatwick earlier in the year. However next summer’s launch of three new direct Norwegian flights to the US, which include New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, will see Gatwick’s historically strong transatlantic traffic return.
For domestic traffic, increases on the Belfast and Isle of Man routes were offset by the withdrawal of the Manchester route.
Load factors - showing how full the average flight was - were at 80.4%, in line with the prior year.
Other news in November included:
- Air China announced it will re-introduce direct services between Gatwick and Beijing from summer 2014.
- Thomson Airways launched the UK’s only direct service to Phuket, Thailand on the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
- Norwegian and Gatwick signed a landmark long term commercial partnership which will see the airline grow at the airport.
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick has the largest short haul network of any UK airport and we have continued to see growth on these routes in November, with over 1.5 million passengers travelling to destinations in Continental Europe, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Business routes are performing particularly strongly, especially to high growth markets such as Russia, Turkey and Vietnam, as well as more established markets including Dubai and Scandinavia.
“The diverse international routes we now serve, coupled with our strong domestic network – the largest of any UK airport – demonstrate how far Gatwick has come in four years of new ownership. This will only increase as we add new services to North America and Asia next year, including direct routes to New York and Jakarta.
“Gatwick has already proved it can compete with other London airports to win new airlines and routes with a single runway. A two-runway Gatwick would provide even greater choice to passengers in the future – and we could do it more quickly, affordably and with lower environmental impacts than any other option.”