Busiest August on record at London Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick Airport experienced its busiest August on record last month.
A total of 4.9 million passengers travelled through the airport during August, in a month which saw an 18% growth in long-haul services and a 22% increase in cargo tonnage.
A new connection to Shanghai was announced during August, which is set to provide more than 3,7000 additional tonnes of cargo capacity to the airport.
Now, Gatwick’s long-haul offering stands at a total of 64 routes to 241 destinations worldwide.
US cities saw significant growth among long-haul destinations operating out of Gatwick last month. Boston saw growth of 74% year on year, while LA and New York increased by 36.8% and 33.9% respectively.
Short-haul flights proved popular too, with Vienna and Hamburg seeing a significant increase on the previous year – up 137.3% and 60% respectively.
Thanks to the addition of some crucial long-haul routes, Gatwick’s cargo volume has increased by over 19% year-on-year for the past 12 months.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said: “As we reach the end of Gatwick’s busiest summer to date, August’s traffic figures are extremely encouraging, particularly within our long-haul network. Our ongoing cargo success story is being driven by the soaring long-haul growth, and highlights the crucial role we play for our local and national economies.
“This will be critical in supporting the country post-Brexit, and we’re continuing to explore the best and most sustainable ways that Gatwick can grow so that the UK can reap the benefits of greater global connectivity.”
Gatwick Airport is the second largest airport in the UK, as well as being the world’s most efficient single-runway airport.