PRESS RELEASES

Gatwick achieves global record 43 million annual passengers and predicts 2017’s most popular destinations

06/01/2017

  • Gatwick Airport has increased its lead as the World’s most efficient single-runway airport: 43 million passengers travel annually through the airport
  • 3.1 million passengers travelled through the airport in December, +15% on the same month last year
  • Long-haul growth +26.8% driving a cargo increase of +13.3%

Gatwick Airport has increased its lead as the World’s most efficient single-runway airport – with 43 million passengers now travelling through the airport each year.

This new annual record came on, 22 December 2016, a month in which the airport achieved 3.1 million passengers, +15% on December last year.

The airport’s booming long-haul services grew by +26.8% continuing to demonstrate that Gatwick can connect Britain to important growth markets when these links have never been more crucial. Indeed, as a result of this increase in long-haul services, Gatwick’s cargo increased +13.3% in metric tonnage.

Today, at the start of the New Year, Gatwick Airport has released its biggest growing destinations during 2016.

Holiday-makers have been inspired by Prince Harry’s travels with Toronto being the long-haul destination with the biggest passenger increase, 191,124 passengers (+97%) in 2016, versus the previous year.

Meanwhile, the Game of Thrones effect is well and truly established as Belfast International saw the biggest increase in passenger numbers, an increase of 388,486 passengers (+83%), versus 2015.

Destinations with the biggest passenger increase in 2016

Destination Passenger Increase Percentage Increase
Belfast International 388,486 83%
Dublin 222,994 21%
Toronto 191,124 97%
New York 182,721 123%
Milan 145,014 99%
Paris 123,597 60%
Tenerife 111,883 15%
Malaga 105,941 10%
Valencia 100,375 42%
Prague 100,277 41%

In 2017 the airport forecasts that the most popular long-haul destinations will include Barbados, Dubai, Jamaica, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and Vancouver, whilst in short-haul Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Barcelona and Venice will occupy the top spots.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“Three million more passengers are travelling through the airport this year versus the same time last year, with 43 million passengers now passing through the airport annually. A figure that puts us 14 years ahead of industry predictions. This milestone is an impressive conclusion to 2016, the year that saw the 80th anniversary of the very first flight from Gatwick.

Gatwick’s booming long-haul services and increased cargo volumes illustrate the vital contribution the airport continues to make to the local and national economy, in the airport’s busiest-ever December, as we continue to offer the UK Government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion.”

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

Growth

Jan-16

Jan-15

Growth

 

Dec-16

Dec-15

(%)

 

Dec-16

Dec-15

(%)

 

 

 

 

Total terminal passengers (000s)

3,108.6

2,702.8

15.0%

43,136.8

40,267.9

7.1%

Market Analysis:

UK + Channel Islands

324.6

272.8

19.0%

3,872.2

3,600.8

7.5%

Ireland

137.2

118.0

16.3%

1,612.6

1,387.0

16.3%

European scheduled

1,850.0

1,657.6

11.6%

28,194.1

26,705.4

5.6%

European charter

230.7

208.0

10.9%

3,000.8

3,139.5

(4.4)%

North Atlantic

190.0

119.1

59.6%

2,704.1

1,891.0

43.0%

Other long haul

376.0

327.4

14.9%

3,753.1

3,544.1

5.9%

Air transport movements

20,752

19,440

6.7%

280,089

267,767

4.6%

Cargo (metric tonnes)

7,375

6,508

13.3%

77,995

73,411

6.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This December, long-haul growth continues to rocket, +26.8% on last year.
  • This long-haul growth has driven a cargo increase of +13.3%
  • North Atlantic routes drove this long-haul growth +59.6% on this time last year with Toronto +131%, New York +105% and Los Angeles +89%
  • UK and Channel Islands routes grew +19% with Belfast International +132%, Newquay +50%, Isle of Man +21% and Inverness +17%
  • In December, there was a clear split in destination choices with passengers opting for either very cool or very hot climes. Wintery destinations proving popular include Rovaniemi, Finland +66%, Keflavik, Iceland +51% and Kuusamo, Finland +50%.
  • Meanwhile, Winter Sun destinations achieving significant increases include Santa Cruz De La Palma, Canary Islands +78% along with St Lucia +61% and Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands +40%.

ENDS

A full gallery of all destination images is available upon request.

About London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 220 destinations in 80 countries for 43 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 south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.

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