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11 May 2012
April 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.
Nick Dunn, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Financial Officer said: “The year-on-year decrease in passenger traffic is largely accounted for by the timing of public holidays in April 2011, including the late Easter holiday weekend, the additional holiday to mark the royal wedding and the early May bank holiday. Despite this, planes were flying fuller with load factors up 1.2 percentage points.
“This month we were given a vote of confidence by Korean Air and Air China as they launched operations to Seoul and Beijing respectively. With room to accommodate more flights, we are in a strong position to help London remain one of the best connected cities in the world.”
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