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16 April 2012
Passenger numbers up by 3.9% compared with March 2011Passenger numbers for the 12 months ended 31 March 2012 increased by 6.9Load factors up by 5.1 percentage points
March 2012 traffic performance summary
Moving Annual Total
Total terminal passengers (000s)
UK + Channel Islands
Other long haul
Air transport movements
Cargo (metric tonnes)
Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights.Figures for the market sectors have been rounded. Totals as per traffic summary.Key Points:
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport said: “This has been a successful year for Gatwick, having achieved passenger growth every single month despite the economic headwinds being faced in our industry. We have been competing vigorously with other London airports including Heathrow, Stansted and Luton and we have been winning new routes to the UK’s key trading partners, providing direct connections between London and high growth economies.
“In this last year, Gatwick has attracted new routes to South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and the Caribbean. We continue to provide connections to closer destinations with new routes to Germany and Iceland, and we have seen growth from some of our established carriers including easyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Gatwick’s improving connections should help to maintain London’s role as a major hub.”ENDS
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Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for more than 36 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
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