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12 June 2012
May 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's Chief Financial Officer commented: "It is encouraging to report a 2% growth in passenger numbers during May despite the move of a busy school-half term and May Bank holiday to June. Despite the continuing economic headwinds, business and leisure passengers are taking advantage of low-cost travel to many destinations in Europe and the new long-haul services operating from Gatwick.
"We have also seen competition amongst airports working with Atlantic Airways switching its London service to the Faroe Islands from Stansted to Gatwick during May. We continue to invest around £20 million a month in the airport to create a modern, welcoming airport with minimal queue-times and excellent customer service. This is now paying dividends with airlines and passenger choosing to fly from Gatwick."
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