Summer surge sees 8 million Gatwick passengers

The busiest ever summer at London Gatwick Airport saw 8.1 million people travel through its doors over the school break for the first time.

During August alone, 4.9 million passengers chose Gatwick, making it the biggest month in the airport’s history.

Long haul played a significant role in the summer smash, with an 11.1% increase for August, compared to the same month of last year.

The biggest-growing long haul destinations for summer 2017 at Gatwick were Fort Lauderdale, St Lucia, San Francisco, Cuba, Cape Verde, Los Angeles, Jamaica, Antigua, Dominican Republic and Hurghada.

For short haul breaks, the biggest growing destinations among Gatwick Airport passengers included Slovenia, Corsica, Italy, Kosovo, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Bulgaria and Iceland.

Gatwick continues to offer more and more to customers – last month, Jamie Oliver launched a new Jamie’s Diner at the airport.

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick has just had its biggest-ever month during its busiest-ever summer holiday period -this clearly demonstrates the passenger demand for the growing global connectivity offered by Gatwick. Later this year, we’ll be further adding to our more than 60 long-haul connections with routes to Denver, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Taipei and Singapore starting.

“As well, we continue to focus on delivering the best passenger experience at the airport with Jamie Oliver opening his new Diner in the South Terminal and an expanded World Duty Free store also arriving in the North.

“Service has been at the forefront of our summer. We have worked closely with our airlines and ground handlers to help ensure that more planes depart on time and I am pleased with the improvement we’ve made during our busiest ever summer.

“As Gatwick continues to grow beyond 45 million annual passengers, we remain ready and willing to build our financeable and deliverable second runway scheme instead of, or in addition to, Heathrow should the Government give us the green light.”

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