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10 December 2012
November 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. Figures for the market sectors have been rounded. Totals as per traffic summary.
Key points:Gatwick’s growth rate increased this month with 89,000 or 4.2% more passengers flying from Gatwick compared to the prior year. This was driven in part by the timing of the autumn half-term holiday which crossed into November this year. In 2011, the half-term was in October.
Commenting, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Financial Officer Nick Dunn said: “We continued to see growth in November at a rate of 4.2% with an additional 89,000 passengers flying from Gatwick compared with last November. This was due in part to the end of the autumn half-term falling into early November, whereas last year the whole holiday was in October.“As the winter season is often a challenging time of year for airports, it is positive that our traffic figures are showing growth and we continue to focus on delivering the best experience to these additional passengers.
“We look forward to the spring, when passengers will have even more choice of where to fly from Gatwick, including new destinations with Norwegian Air, British Airways, Vueling and – significantly – easyJet’s new route to Moscow.”
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