26.4 million passengers in 6 months for growing Gatwick

London Gatwick Airport has released its official results for the six months ending September 2017, announcing it has passed the 45.5 million passenger annual milestone.

The results showed Gatwick has further enhanced its lead as the world’s busiest single runway airports. Passenger numbers have increased, while eight new long-haul routes launched in the last six months. Destinations included Singapore and Buenos Aires.

The results confirmed the crucial part Gatwick Airport plays in the local, regional and national economy.

Further new global connections due to launch at Gatwick before the end of the financial year include Taipei, Chicago and Auston, which will join Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle and Denver on its ever-expanding list of long-haul offerings.

“Gatwick has blazed a trail”

Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “Gatwick has blazed a trail in the last six months delivering record growth in passenger numbers and record-breaking new long haul routes while also setting new standards for customer service.

“Gatwick now serves 45.5 million passengers each year and is playing a vital role for Britain. As we prepare for Brexit, it is critical that we continue to grow our long haul links in addition to connections within the UK and Europe. Our results show significant cargo growth on the back of our ever strengthening long haul network.

“We have ambitious plans to build on these results to reach 50 million passengers per year and beyond which will further set the standard for a single runway airport. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick. This was illustrated this month when Gatwick was crowned ‘Airport of the Year’ at the National Transport Awards and the ‘UK’s Best Airport’ at the Airport Operators Association Awards.

“We are currently preparing our full submission to the Government’s re-opened National Policy Statement consultation. We are planning future submissions to support the Aviation Strategy in which we will detail the plans we have to continue to make best use of the airport’s existing facilities.

“Gatwick is ready to play an increased global role for Britain as we grow. Gatwick is prepared to build our financeable and deliverable second runway scheme so that Britain can reap the benefits of greater global connectivity faster.”

The results in numbers 

  • Revenue was increased by 5.5%, reaching £469.7million
  • 26.4 million passengers travelled through Gatwick in the six months ending 30 September 2017 – its busiest ever period
  • On average, each Gatwick aircraft carries four more passengers than it did last year
  • 1 September 2017 was the busiest day in Gatwick’s history…
  • …which amounted to  950 aircraft movements

Gatwick recently celebrated after scooping the coveted Airport of the Year award at the National Transport Awards, as well as the UK’s Best Airport award at the Airport Operators Association Awards.

Shops and restaurants

Gatwick’s retail landscape continues to grow significantly, and retail income increased by 8.3% period-on-period, reaching £98.1 million. This amounts to £3.67 per passenger.

International clothing brand Reiss launched its own store at Gatwick in May 2017, as part of the North Terminal’s redevelopment. This also saw a new Jack Wills shop, as well as new units for Cath Kidston and Superdry.

In September, a brand new World Duty Free store launched in Gatwick’s North Terminal.

Jamie Oliver opened The Diner in August 2017, offering passengers classic American comfort food.