Gatwick serves 4 million passengers in October for first time ever
Gatwick Airport has announced that it served four million passengers last month – the first October in its history that the airport has exceeded this milestone.
The airport saw a total of 4.02 million people travel through its doors last month – a 2% increase on October 2017.
The record month also saw long-haul routes enjoy continued growth, with a 12.4% increase year-on-year. Meanwhile, cargo tonnage increased by 1.6%.
Out of all of the long-haul routes on offer to the travelling public, the most popular on average were those covering the North Atlantic. Boston, for example, saw a 67.9% increase thanks to airline Norwegian enhancing capacity and services.
Similarly, Singapore services saw a boost of 30% as Gatwick continues to adapt in line with burgeoning demand for Asian connections. Next month, China Eastern will fly to Shanghai from Gatwick three times a week, adding another destination to the airport’s growing Asian network. Other destinations on offer to passengers include Hong Kong, Chengdu and Taipei.
Winter sun proved to be as popular as ever last month, as UK sunseekers jetted off to Turkey and North Africa. Destinations like Antalya, Dalaman, Fez, Casablanca and Tunis all saw significant growth, year-on-year.
London Gatwick, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick continues to showcase the vital role it plays for the country, with October’s passenger figures the latest demonstration of this. Last month saw over four million passengers travel through the airport – the first time Gatwick has broken this mark in October – demonstrating the passenger response to the breadth of destinations and airlines available from the airport.
“Gatwick’s growth is vital for the future prosperity of Britain and the country’s post-Brexit future – and our growing global connections are needed more than ever. This December our latest long-haul route will begin, as we open up yet further connections to Asia, with China Eastern starting their new service to Shanghai.
“To further enable Gatwick’s global connectivity, this October, we published the airport’s draft master plan, setting out our vision for growth to the 2030s. We are now seeking feedback from the public, including our local neighbours and our airport partners on this draft master plan, as we seek to fulfil our role for the country, in the most sustainable way.”