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26 November 2013
London Gatwick delivers mid-year results in line with expectations as it continues to compete to attract new airlines and routes, invest in new facilities, and deliver an excellent service to passengers.
• Turnover up 10.7% to £360.6 million. Combined with carefully controlled cost management, this resulted in EBITDA up 14.4% to £196.7 million and a profit before tax of £127.3 million.• The unique mix of legacy, charter and low cost carriers at Gatwick drives traffic of 20.8 million passengers reflecting growth of 4.4%.• However, underlying traffic growth is 3.5% as the Olympics reduced traffic by an estimated 170,000 passengers in 2012. • Growth has come mainly from European short haul, particularly from Norwegian which launched 12 new routes, and increasing business services from easyJet and Turkish Airlines.• Gatwick now serves 45 of the top 50 EU business destinations.• Long haul routes outside of North America continue to grow with Vietnam Airlines increasing frequencies. • Gatwick has moved from 12th to 6th place in the European sector of the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) benchmark since 2009, proving that it continues to deliver exceptional customer service and operational performance.• Gatwick’s £1 billion investment programme continues. Projects include a £45 million transformation of the South Terminal’s retail offering which has contributed to a 2% increase in income per passenger to £3.55.
1 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation2 The Company’s Regulatory Asset Base and Net Debt are shown as at 30 September 2013
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick will celebrate four years of new ownership in December. In this time we have turned around decades of underinvestment to enable Gatwick to emerge as a competitive, world-class airport. Our results today show a strong financial performance but we must not become complacent. We must continue to invest and ensure we remain competitive.
“Gatwick continues to attract new airlines and routes, which were once only the domain of Heathrow. We now serve routes as diverse – and strategically important for the UK – as Moscow, Beijing, Istanbul and key cities in Vietnam. Substantial growth continues to come from our extensive European network. Next year, we will continue to grow our long haul network with routes including Jakarta, New York and Los Angeles.
“This is just the start of what Gatwick has to offer. A new runway here would deliver the routes that passengers actually want at a better price, more quickly and with significantly less environmental impact. The UK’s next runway has got to be at Gatwick.”
• In 2009 Gatwick was ranked 12th in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) global benchmarking survey in the European sector. In 2013, it had moved up six places to sixth position.• Photos available of Stewart Wingate and Gatwick’s investment projects, including South Terminal retail, on the media centre.South Terminal’s new retail offering includes:• Eleven new or refreshed stores which opened in mid-July including Sunglass Hut, Kurt Geiger, Ernest Jones, Hugo Boss, Case, Lacoste, World of Whiskies, Aspinal of London, Caviar House and Dixons. • A new 6,000 sq ft Harrods department store which opened on 1 August. • An additional eleven new or refreshed stores are set to complete the South Terminal transformation project in December 2013.
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About London Gatwick
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 38 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.
In its December 2013 interim report, the Airports Commission included London Gatwick and Heathrow on its shortlist of potential locations for a new runway in the UK. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025. For further information, see: www.gatwickobviously.com
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