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11 June 2013
May 2013 traffic performance summary
Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights.Traffic Commentary
More than 3.2 million passengers passed through London Gatwick in May 2013 – more than 231,800 passengers than the prior year. Approximately a third of this number can be attributed to the timing of the half term holidays, which fell in May rather than June this year, coupled with the continuing poor weather in the UK which led to more getaways to warmer climes. In addition, the influx of football-related traffic (two international football events) combined with diverted traffic from the emergency closure of Heathrow also contributed to the increase.
Underpinning this was growth of 34,800 passengers on African and Middle Eastern routes, as passengers continued to travel to sunspots as well as key business markets. In total, long haul traffic was 6.6% up year-on-year.
The use of larger planes and increased frequencies on European routes (notably Barcelona and Alicante) helped offset the loss of traffic to North America, as US Airways has now ceased operations at Gatwick. The introduction of easyJet’s new Moscow route added an additional 15,000 passengers compared to the prior year but domestic flights were down following British Airways’ cancellation of its Manchester route.
Load factors - showing how full the average flight was - were at 82%. This was a record for the month and 2.6 percentage points higher than the prior year.
Other news in May included:
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer for London Gatwick Airport, said: “While May has seen good growth in passenger numbers at Gatwick, this can be linked in the most part to the half-term holiday being in May this year rather than June and poor weather in the UK. June traffic growth month-to-date has been more subdued, returning to underlying trend.
“Gatwick is pleased to see continued growth of routes to key emerging markets, including increased services to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines this month. This builds on other successful services to key destinations such as Moscow with easyJet, which attracted around 15,000 extra passengers to Gatwick in May.”
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