London Gatwick passenger numbers up by 6.5% in May


  • More than 3.4 million passengers used Gatwick in May – up by 6.5% on the prior year
  • Gatwick is competing in the London market to deliver the best choice, service and fares for passengers
  • European travel, especially business routes, performed strongly – up by 8.8% year-on-year, while long haul also achieved growth

May 2014 traffic performance summary

Month Moving Annual Total
Growth Jun-13 Jun-12 Growth
May-14 May-13 (%) May-14 May-13 (%)
Total terminal
passengers (000s)
3,417.7 3,208.2 6.5% 36,506.7 34,494.2 5.8%
Market Analysis:
UK + Channel Islands 325.5 335.9 (3.1)% 3,778.3 3,824.7 (1.2)%
Ireland 107.8 109.8 (1.8)% 1,275.3 1,270.4 0.4%
European scheduled 2,312.0 2,125.7 8.8% 23,520.8 21,670.8 8.5%
European charter 255.7 229.7 11.3% 3,024.3 2,730.0 10.8%
North Atlantic 157.7 154.3 2.2% 1,603.0 1,781.1 (10.0)%
Other long haul 258.9 252.9 2.4% 3,305.1 3,217.3 2.7%
Air transport movements 23,494 22,584 4.0% 251,245 240,644 4.4%
Cargo (metric tonnes) 7,469 8,196 (8.9)% 92,555 100,032 (7.5)%

Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights.

Traffic commentary

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 business offering.

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 obvious choice.”

Notes to Editors

Gatwick’s rolling 12-month market share was 27.8% in April 2014 – 0.5% up on the prior year.

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