Record breaking November at Gatwick Airport
This has brought its annual passenger numbers to 45.5 million.
The airport says long-haul travel continues to play a key role in its growth, with Asian connections proving to be especially popular among the travelling public. Passengers travelling to Hong Kong increased by 75% compared to November 2016, while Tianjin saw an increase of 46.1%.
Holidaymakers jetted off to St Lucia in their droves – the destination saw a boost of 85.8% compared to the same period last year – as well as Mauritius, Liberia and Costa Rica, proving Gatwick continues to be a popular airport among winter sunseekers.
Gatwick Airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, said: “Passenger demand for the global connectivity provided by Gatwick continues to rocket – long-haul routes +12.1% in November while business passengers are at record levels.
“This year five new long-haul connections have started, Singapore, Seattle, Denver, Kigali and Taipei, further strengthening Gatwick’s global connectivity. Connectivity which is set to further increase 2018 with new connections to Austin, Chicago and Buenos Aires beginning in just the first quarter alone.
“While demand for the slots previously operated by Monarch outstripped availability six times over, International Airlines Group were ultimately successful in acquiring them and we’re looking forward to the new destination choices they will enable for our passengers in 2018.”
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