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London Gatwick Airport reaches milestone passenger numbers

London Gatwick Airport has announced that it has hit 40 million passengers a year for the first time. The milestone, which was revealed this month, has scuppered the Airports Commission forecast which predicted that Gatwick Airport would need another 10 years to reach 40 million passengers a year.

The airport is almost reaching its full capacity, as the October report states the record growth, which saw Gatwick Airport’s 32nd consecutive month’s growth.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick Airport commented on Gatwick Airport’s record growth:

“To reach 40 million passengers a year is a tremendous achievement and sets a global benchmark for a single runway airport. We have grown rapidly under new ownership and the benefits of competition are clear for passengers – more choice, higher standards and lower fares. It will not be long however before we are full. That is why Gatwick needs a second runway.

“We have reached this milestone 10 years ahead of the Airport Commission’s prediction that we would do so in 2024. The Commission’s Report has unravelled in recent months and we now know beyond doubt that there is a fundamental error at the heart of the Report. Whether the Report is flawed is no longer a matter of debate, it is a statement of fact. Traffic forecasts obviously underpin the economic figures in the Report so people will make their own judgement on the economic credibility of the Commission’s work.”

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