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12 June 2014
May 2014 traffic performance summary
Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or
destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights.
Following the record month for passenger numbers in April, London
Gatwick continued this underlying trend in May. Over 3.4 million passengers
flew through the airport – up by 6.5%, which equates to 209,500 additional passengers.
Gatwick’s moving annual passenger total now stands at 36.5 million – a record
for the airport.
Given the importance of Europe as a major trading partner for the
UK and that it is home to the most popular leisure destinations, growth to this
market remains strong. European scheduled traffic grew by 8.8% year-on-year (an
additional 186,300 passengers) and European charter traffic increased by 11.3%
(an additional 26,000 passengers).
Business routes to key European cities including Paris and the
Nordic capitals performed particularly well, with Copenhagen up by 18% and
Helsinki up by 11.6%. Gatwick now serves 46 of the top 50 European business
destinations with one in five passengers travelling on business through Gatwick
airport. More capacity to Europe over the winter, including new services to
Berlin and Warsaw with Norwegian Air Shuttle, will further strengthen Gatwick’s
North Atlantic and Other Long Haul routes saw moderate growth in
May. Highlights including 11.9% more passengers travelled to the UAE, largely
thanks to increased capacity from Emirates’ new A380 service to Dubai from
Gatwick, and more passengers travelled to the US – up by 6.6%.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said: “Competition is the
single most important driver in delivering the best outcome for passengers in
terms of service, choice and price. Today, Gatwick is growing its share of the
London market, particularly for business travel, and new airlines continue to
choose to fly from Gatwick, offering new routes and competitive fares.
“If we are to provide the next generation of
passengers with a diverse choice of routes, better service and continued
affordable travel for all then building a second runway at Gatwick is the
Gatwick’s rolling 12-month market share was 27.8% in April 2014 – 0.5% up on the prior year.
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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 around 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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