Gatwick achieves two years of consecutive month-on-month growth

11 March 2015

More than 2.4 million passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport in February, a 7.2 per cent increase on last year which marks the 24th consecutive month-on-month passenger growth at Gatwick.

To mark two years of growth, Gatwick today released a new time-lapse video showing a day in the life of the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

Some 165,177 more passengers travelled through Gatwick in February this year compared to 2014. The growth comes from fuller aircraft, with load factor at 81.8 per cent in February.

Long-haul traffic grew by 8 per cent, with Dubai the biggest growth route seeing passenger numbers increase by 13.6 per cent. European scheduled services increased 9.6 per cent over February 2014 with Paris the biggest growth destination following new services introduced by easyJet.

Compared to February last year, there are 16 additional routes in operation for February 2015 including Paris Charles de Gaulle, Florence, New York, Warsaw, Fort Lauderdale, Kaunas, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Strasbourg, Puerto Vallarta, Pamplona, Bodo, Tunis, Plovdiv, Luxor and Erbil International in Iraq.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Two years of consecutive month-on-month growth is a tremendous achievement and shows the benefits of greater competition and low cost travel.  We are also benefitting from the huge investment we’ve made in operating the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

“But our continued growth has limits - we are now unable to meet demand across much of the year and are just a few years away from hitting full capacity. Creating more airport capacity in London and the South East will be one of the biggest decisions facing any new Government.  Expanding Gatwick would be a genuinely exciting opportunity, and help to create a choice of two world-class gateways for UK and international travellers, promoting competition to keep travel affordable for all.  A new runway at Gatwick is deliverable sooner, at lower cost, and without the overwhelming environmental obstacles that face Heathrow.”

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