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11 December 2013
November 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.
London Gatwick saw 2.3 million passengers use the airport in November 2013; an increase of 4.1% or 91,500 passengers over the prior year.
The growth in European routes to Continental Europe, Ireland and the Channel Islands continued with over 1.5 million passengers choosing to fly from London Gatwick - an increase of 6.6% over the prior year. The majority of this growth was on flights to key business routes with destinations such as Moscow, Istanbul and Oslo adding over 85,000 passengers. This was tempered by fewer passengers on charter flights to European leisure destinations, reflecting the longer-term market move towards scheduled, low cost airlines.
Other long haul growth was up 9.6%, mainly as a result of increases on leisure routes such as Thailand and Morocco. This was complemented by growth on long haul business routes such as to Dubai and Vietnam.
Traffic to North America was down 12.8% due to US Airways ceasing services from London Gatwick earlier in the year. However next summer’s launch of three new direct Norwegian flights to the US, which include New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, will see Gatwick’s historically strong transatlantic traffic return.
For domestic traffic, increases on the Belfast and Isle of Man routes were offset by the withdrawal of the Manchester route.
Load factors - showing how full the average flight was - were at 80.4%, in line with the prior year.
Other news in November included:
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick has the largest short haul network of any UK airport and we have continued to see growth on these routes in November, with over 1.5 million passengers travelling to destinations in Continental Europe, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Business routes are performing particularly strongly, especially to high growth markets such as Russia, Turkey and Vietnam, as well as more established markets including Dubai and Scandinavia.
“The diverse international routes we now serve, coupled with our strong domestic network – the largest of any UK airport – demonstrate how far Gatwick has come in four years of new ownership. This will only increase as we add new services to North America and Asia next year, including direct routes to New York and Jakarta.
“Gatwick has already proved it can compete with other London airports to win new airlines and routes with a single runway. A two-runway Gatwick would provide even greater choice to passengers in the future – and we could do it more quickly, affordably and with lower environmental impacts than any other option.”
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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 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.
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