Gatwick Airport ended 2017 on a record high after seeing 45.6 million passengers travel through its doors over the previous 12 months, it has announced.
The final month of 2017 saw 3.2 million people travel through Gatwick Airport for December, which is a 16% increase compared to December 2016. This figure contributed to an incredible 45.6 million annual passengers overall, making it the airport’s busiest year on record and a 5.2% increase, year-on-year.
Growth in the popularity and provision of long-haul services had a significant impact on Gatwick’s record year, with a total of 7.3 million passengers taking a long-haul trip from the airport over the course of 2017 – which is almost one million more people than in 2016.
The airport continued to add more and more long-haul destinations to its offering, with a total of 63 connections available to passengers by the end of the year.
New long-haul routes added in 2017 included Singapore, Seattle, Denver and Rwanda. Gatwick Airport also continued to strengthen its Asian connections, with a new service to Taipei and significant growth in the popularity of services to Hong Kong and Tianjin.
The long-haul destination which saw the most growth in 2017 was Oakland, San Francisco, which grew by an incredible 97% when compared to 2016’s figures.
Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “2017 was a great year for Gatwick in which we delivered record passenger growth and an array of new long-haul routes, bringing our annual passenger total to 45.6 million and extending our long-haul network to 63 connections.
“Gatwick’s soaring long-haul and cargo growth in December is an impressive conclusion to 2017 and we’ll be strengthening the airport’s global connectivity even further this year, with new services to Buenos Aires, Austin and Chicago already confirmed to begin in the first quarter alone.
“This year, we’re also looking forward to British Airways’ biggest summer schedule at Gatwick for almost ten years, which will see 15% more weekly BA flights than last summer.
“We have ambitious plans to build on the success achieved in 2017 and reach 50 million passengers per year and beyond, setting new standards for Gatwick and playing an increased global role for Britain. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience, which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick.”