Busiest ever May for Gatwick Airport
Gatwick experienced its busiest ever May last month with a record 4.1 million passengers.
The airport’s continued long-haul growth contributed significantly to the spike in passenger numbers, with routes to Hong Kong, Boston, New York and LA proving extremely popular.
Furthermore, Qatar Airways launched a new service to transport passengers from Gatwick to Doha.
In fact, May 2018 saw a 0.3% growth in overall passenger numbers from the previous year, and a 24.1% increase in long-haul travel. Cargo increased too, with a 14.8% growth compared to last year.
European destinations Bucharest, Pula and Vienna were the most popular destinations in Europe during May, while Newquay, Guernsey and the Isle of Man were popular domestic routes.
Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “May was another successful month for Gatwick’s long-haul route network, with substantial growth in our existing routes, as well as the welcome addition of new Qatar Airways flights to Doha. This service makes it even easier for our passengers to reach onward destinations in Asia and Australia, and also provides increased cargo capacity – further demonstrating the vital role that Gatwick continues to play for Britain.
“As passenger numbers continue to rise, we remain committed to improving the passenger experience at every touch point, and our busiest-ever May coincided with the launch of the UK’s first trial of self-boarding gates, using biometric technology to make the boarding process for passengers even quicker.
“Continuing to innovate is hugely important for us, and we’re committed to exploring the best way Gatwick can continue to grow sustainably through maximising the use of our existing facilities, supporting the local and national economy whilst opening up new destinations for our passengers and businesses and offering the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme.”