London Gatwick Airport is celebrating a record March after experiencing a boom in transatlantic services last month.
A total of 3.5 million passengers travelled via Gatwick last month, which was a 2.5% increase compared to the same period last year.
A key factor in the record-breaking March figures was a boom in the popularity of long-haul routes, which were up by 23.2% year-on-year.
Two new long-haul routes – to Austin and Chicago – were launched last month, while Qatar Airways announced it would be launching a new service to Doha. USA and Canada routes continued to be popular with passengers, with an overall year-on-year increase of 37%. Particularly popular destination among passengers were Oakland, San Francisco, LA and Toronto.
But the long-haul growth wasn’t restricted to North American routes, as Gatwick also saw a continued growth in its Asian and African routes. The number of passengers who travelled to Hong Kong during March 2018 was up by 67% compared to March 2017, while Casablanca and Banjul also saw significant growth.
Short haul flights were as busy as easyJey announced that it would be launching a new thrice-daily service to Berlin in May.
March 2018 was, in fact, Gatwick’s 61st month of consecutive growth.
Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Having celebrated five consecutive years of growth back in February, March’s figures continue Gatwick’s global connectivity success story.
“Passenger demand for our transatlantic routes continues to boom with new services to Austin and Chicago with Norwegian starting in March – along with British Airways adding further capacity to Toronto with their new thrice-weekly service.
“As our performance in March demonstrates, Gatwick is playing an increasingly important role for the country on the world stage, providing global connectivity at a time when the UK really needs it. We have exciting plans for future growth at the airport, maximising the use of our existing facilities whilst continuing to offer the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme.”