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Gatwick Airport enjoys traffic increase due to European journeys

Last month more than 2.2m travellers used Gatwick Airport. Gatwick bosses have enjoyed a passenger rise of 6.6% from the previous year.

Much like European destinations, long-haul routes excluding North America also increased over 11%. Popular routes were Dubai, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Atlantic traffic to and from Gatwick had taken a steep decrease after a major travel giant withdrew from the Airport. A Budget Airline has now been introduced to the LGW portfolio to serve the USA.

Gatwick Airport is trying to position itself as an alternative to London Heathrow when it comes to new long-haul links. Gatwick Airport has been shortlisted alongside Heathrow as the possible site of Britain’s next runway by the government’s airports commission.

“We saw steady growth to Europe in January, which is by far the dominant market for business and leisure passengers travelling from London and the south east,” said Nick Dunn, chief financial officer.

“Alongside European growth however, we continue to see strong performance in long haul travel.”