Busiest ever September at Gatwick as USA flights take off
Gatwick Airport enjoyed its busiest ever September, with a total of 4.5 million people travelling through its doors last month.
A boost in the popularity of long-haul services contributed significantly to the successful month, up 18.1% on the same period last year. In particular, a surge in passengers choosing Gatwick’s USA destinations was a major player in the overall figures.
What’s more, September was also the most successful month in Gatwick’s sustainability programme, as the Carbon Trust announced Gatwick was showed the biggest combined reduction of carbon, water and non-recycled waste of any UK airport last year.
September’s passenger numbers represented a 0.3% increase year-on-year, as the airport continues to go from strength to strength.
The North American services which saw the biggest growth were Denver, Boston and Fort Lauderdale.
Outside of the USA, long-haul services to Rwanda and Hong Kong saw significant growth, too.
Short-haul services continued to prove popular with passengers, too. Vienna had a huge surge – up 130.1% on the previous year. Closer to home, Edinburgh saw the highest growth figures of Gatwick’s domestic routes.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, London Gatwick said: “Sustainable growth remains a top priority at Gatwick. It’s therefore encouraging to achieve another month of healthy growth in passenger numbers, while at the same time being recognised for our commitment to reducing carbon, water and non-recycled waste on-site.
“Ensuring Gatwick has the capacity to grow sustainably in the decades to come is the key to a prosperous future for the South East and the UK as a whole.
“With our long-haul network thriving, we’re in a strong position to support a post-Brexit Britain, when long-haul connections to countries like China will be more important than ever before.”