Gatwick Airport marked five years of consecutive growth last month with a record-breaking February, which saw 3 million passengers travel through its doors.
February was, in fact, the 60th month of consecutive month-on-month growth for the airport.
And the celebrations didn’t stop there, as Gatwick also announced the forthcoming launch of a new double daily service to Qatar, further enhancing the airport’s long-haul offering and boosting international connections.
The new Qatar service will begin in May 2018.
Long-haul routes increased overall by 16.7% during February, compared to the same period last year.
Asian routes saw significant growth, as passengers travelled to celebrate Chinese New Year. This was seen in an increase of 74.4% for routes to Hong Kong, and 12.9% growth in routes to Tianjin.
Other long-haul destinations which proved popular last month included North American destinations Fort Lauderdale, Oakland and New York.
Long-haul airline Norwegian will be adding extra capacity from Gatwick this summer, with a further 150,000 seats available on its services. It will also begin new services to Austin and Chicago this month.
Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Officer Stewart Wingate said: “Our February traffic figures mark five consecutive years of growth and during this time Gatwick has been transformed by our ongoing £2.7 billion investment programme. Our passengers now have a wealth of choice through an extensive route network – including over 60 long haul routes – a variety of airlines plus world-class airport facilities.
“I am delighted to welcome Qatar Airways – one of the world’s premier airlines – to Gatwick for this exciting new double-daily service to Doha. Our existing airlines are also providing even more choice for passengers with Norwegian starting routes to Austin and Chicago this month while also adding 150,000 extra seats on their transatlantic services from Gatwick this summer.
“February’s passenger figures are the latest demonstration of Gatwick’s importance as a vital piece of UK infrastructure providing global connectivity at a time when the country needs it most. We have exciting plans for growth maximising the use of our existing facilities whilst we also offer the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme.”
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