15-Oct-2013 11:57 AM

London Gatwick Airport pax traffic returns to modest growth, cargo up 1%

UK's London Gatwick Airport passenger numbers up 4% - traffic highlights for Sep-2013:

  • Passenger numbers: 3.6 million, +3.3% year-on-year;
    • UK and Channel Islands: 335,200, -1.6%;
    • Ireland: 106,800, -1.0%;
    • European scheduled: 2.0 million, +5.1%;
    • European charter: 534,000, -1.3%;
    • North Atlantic: 148,900, -11.6%;
    • Other long-haul: 418,200, +12.9%;
  • Cargo volume: 7875 tonnes, +0.8%;
  • Aircraft movements: 23,751, +3.8%. [more - original PR]

London Gatwick stated (14-Oct-2013) the 12.9% passenger growth on other long-haul routes were due to increases on leisure routes to the Caribbean and Africa being complimented by growth on long-haul business routes such as Dubai, China and Vietnam. Meanwhile, the 11.6% decline in North Atlantic passengers were entirely due to US Airways ceasing services from London Gatwick earlier this year. Commenting on the results, CFO Nick Dunn said "This reflects a return to more modest levels of growth compared to the summer months, where growth was higher following the London Olympics in summer 2013."