12-Nov-2013 12:56 PM

London Gatwick Airport pax up 4% in Oct-2013 despite marketplace becoming more competitive

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

  • Passenger numbers: 3.1 million, +4.3%;
    • UK and Channel Islands: 336,600, -2.2%;
    • Ireland: 112,600, +2.2%;
    • European scheduled: 1.8 million, +8.1%;
    • European charter: 273,000, -7.1%;
    • North Atlantic: 147,000, -10.5%;
    • Other long-haul: 430,400, +9.0%;
  • Cargo volume: 8531 tonnes, -2.5%;
  • Aircraft movements: 22,003, +4.3%. [more - original PR]

The airport stated (11-Nov-2013) key business routes including Geneva, Luxembourg and Istanbul added more than 100,000 passengers to European traffic, while attributing the loss in North Atlantic traffic to US Airways suspending services from London Gatwick earlier this year. The airport, however, is hopeful that Norwegian Air Shuttle's three new services to the US from next summer will help support growth going forward. Commenting on the results, airport CFO Nick Dunn said "Gatwick continues to successfully compete with other London airports," with business and leisure passengers choosing to fly from Gatwick thanks to the range of destinations it serves. Mr Dunn added "the marketplace we operate in is becoming more competitive, which can only be good news for passengers.”

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