Tuesday 18th of August 2015
London Gatwick Airport has announced its busiest ever July as it achieves two and a half years of consecutive month-on-month growth. The Airport’s growth has far outstripped the Airport Commission’s forecast as Gatwick saw 4.3 million passengers pass through its doors in July 2015, a 6.4% increase compared to the same period last year.
The key drivers behind the airport’s growth are the long-haul flights that operate out of the airport, which are up 7% when compared to July 2014. The North Atlantic routes are up 10.1% with the New York route up an impressive 116% and the Los Angeles route is up an equally impressive 106% compared to the 2013/2014 period.
There has been a higher demand for long-haul routes which has driven British Airways to launch their inaugural non-stop flight to Costa Rica which is due to take off from London Gatwick Airport in May 2016.
Another contributing factor towards the airport’s growth is the fact that larger aircraft is being used across the airlines globally.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick Airport commented on the record growth:
“Two-and-a-half years of consecutive month-on-month growth shows that Gatwick continues to meet passengers’ needs by providing them with more choice, value and destinations. We are delighted to welcome British Airways’ non-stop flights between Gatwick and San Jose, Costa Rica – the latest addition to Gatwick’s long-haul success story. Flights to long-haul destinations are the fastest growing of the more than 220 destinations that Gatwick flies to today. Gatwick remains the best solution to solve the UK’s capacity conundrum. Gatwick can deliver the capacity the UK desperately needs and the economic benefit that will bring while limiting the impacts on noise and air quality.”