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10 January 2013
December 2012 traffic performance summary
Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights.Key points: Passenger numbers increased by 0.2% year-on-year with 5,600 more passengers flying through Gatwick in December 2012. This was in spite of school holidays starting two days later for the Christmas period and industrial disputes in Greece and Germany, which affected more than 10 airports.
Commenting, Gatwick Airport’s Corporate Affairs Director James Colman, said: “During December we continued to sustain year-on-year passenger growth, despite later school holidays than usual, strikes on the continent and the challenging economic environment. “Long-haul carriers contributed significantly to our December increase – with Dubai being one of the top three choices for passengers travelling over Christmas – and routes to key markets such as China and Vietnam continuing to perform well. “Our other top festive destinations – Geneva and Edinburgh – highlight the diversity of destinations Gatwick serves, which total more than any other UK airport.”
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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.
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