Monday 15th of June 2015
Gatwick Airport has reported a record breaking month; 3.6 million passengers travelled through its doors in May 2015 – a +5.8% increase compared with May 2014 and is the airport’s 27th consecutive month of growth.
The rise comes following the breakup of the BAA monopoly of British airports in 2009 which was stifling competition between airports and subsequently lowering passenger experience and airport standards. The new, much more open industry has since witnessed airports such as Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham recording strong growth figures in the past few years, highlighting the advantages of competition between UK airports.
Gatwick Airport saw an additional 199,000 passengers travel through its doors in May with flights from North America increasing by +17.6%. The airport is now looking to expand its current site and plans on adding a second runway which will run parallel to the current runway.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport said:
“Gatwick’s record growth continues to prove that greater competition is working for passengers and businesses. With the expansion decision approaching, it is time to write the next chapter in one of the greatest policy success stories of recent years. Choosing airport competition over monopoly is the only answer that is right for the whole of the UK. Expanding Gatwick would enhance competition, meaning Gatwick grows, Heathrow improves, and every part of the UK benefits from a stronger network of competing airports providing passengers more choice, higher standards and lower fares.”