Gatwick Airport has served a record 45 million annual passengers over the past 12 months.
This is an increase of 3.2 million passengers, or 7.7%, compared to the same period in 2016/2017, when the airport releases in annual results.
And the good news doesn’t end there, as Gatwick now boasts the largest long haul network in the world for a single runway airport. In fact, its long haul network is the fifth biggest in Europe and the 11th largest in the world.
The airport will add its 60th long haul route later this year – now, one in five of Gatwick’s passenger travels long haul. In September, major airline Norwegian will launch the world’s longest low-cost long haul route to Singapore, flying from Gatwick Airport.
Popular long haul destinations among Gatwick customers include USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and China.
Both of these milestones come during the biggest year of investment in the airport’s history.
Next month, Jamie Oliver’s new flagship diner will open at Gatwick Airport, along with new retail outlets Reiss and Jack Wills.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “It has been another record-breaking year and another chapter in the transformation of Gatwick. Our continued growth and success is a testament to record investment, increased competition, and our renewed focus on efficiency and service. It is a simple fact that, of the top 20 airports in the world by passenger growth, Gatwick is the only one with a single runway.
He added: “Our world record passenger numbers and increased long haul connectivity has been matched by a transformed airport experience which our passengers have recognised by giving us all-time high service quality results. We have, this week, broken through the 45 million annual passengers mark which is 13 million passengers a year more than we served in 2009 when Gatwick came into independent ownership.