Busiest ever year for London Gatwick Airport

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick ended 2017 with its busiest December on record, as 3.2 million passengers travelled through the airport during the festive month, an increase of 1.5 per cent year-on-year.

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

A total of 45.6 million passengers used the airport in 2017, up 5.2 per cent on 2016.

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

After a year of continued booming growth in Gatwick’s long-haul connections, with brand new routes including Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle in addition to also Denver, December saw a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in passengers travelling long-haul.

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

The airport’s long-haul network grew to 63 connections in 2017, in addition to also Gatwick welcomed 7.3 million long-haul passengers across the year – an increase of almost one million compared with 2016.

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

Oakland, San Francisco proved to be the long-haul destination with the biggest growth at Gatwick in December, as the number of passengers travelling there increased by 97 per cent on the previous year.

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

Meanwhile, Gatwick’s growing global connectivity continues to drive a surge inside the volume of cargo handled by the airport – tonnage was up 33.6 per cent in December.

Busiest Ever Year For London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport, chief executive, Stewart Wingate said: “Last year was a great year for Gatwick in which we delivered record passenger growth in addition to also an array of brand new long-haul routes, bringing our annual passenger total to 45.6 million in addition to also extending our long-haul network to 63 connections.

“Gatwick’s soaring long-haul in addition to also cargo growth in December is actually an impressive conclusion to 2017 in addition to also we’ll be strengthening the airport’s global connectivity even further This specific year, with brand new services to Buenos Aires, Austin in addition to also Chicago already confirmed to begin inside the first quarter alone.

“This specific year, we’re also looking forward to British Airways’ biggest summer schedule at Gatwick for almost ten years, which will see 15 per cent more weekly BA flights than last summer.

“We have ambitious plans to build on the success achieved in 2017 in addition to also reach 50 million passengers per year in addition to also beyond, setting brand new standards for Gatwick in addition to also playing an increased global role for Britain.”

Busiest ever year for London Gatwick Airport

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