Q1 Passenger Figures: Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth
29 August 2019
London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a financial year, as passenger numbers grew by +1.7% in Q1, compared to 2018, as 12.5 million passengers travelled through in the first three months of the 2019 – 2020 financial year.
Long-haul growth was also strong in Q1, up +2.2%. North Atlantic routes drove this busiest-ever start to a calendar year with Tampa +58%, Winnipeg +29%, Calgary +28%, New York +28% and Orlando +15%. While further afield passengers to Doha increased +190%, Colombo +151% and Buenos Aires +58%.
Responding to the passenger demand for flights to Doha, and beyond, Qatar Airways increased flight frequency from Gatwick, in June, with the carrier now flying three times daily up from 16 flights weekly. This follows the airline celebrating its first anniversary of flying from Gatwick in May.
During Q1, Gatwick welcomed more passengers than ever before during the Easter holidays up + 2.5% compared to Easter 2018. European sun featured most prominently among the fastest growing Easter destinations with Bilbao +119.4%, Bodrum +112.9%, Budapest +105.8%, Mahon +86.3% and Vienna +73%.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said: “Gatwick is achieving robust growth in this Spring / Summer period where airport capacity is already well utilised and I’m proud even in these already busy Spring / Summer months we have been able to achieve yet further growth. Right across all airline types, carriers are starting new routes and increasing flight frequencies.
“We have published the final version of Gatwick’s masterplan, outlining potential options for future growth enabling the airport to make more of the world’s most exciting destinations accessible to more people than ever before while boosting trade and tourism opportunities locally and nationally.”