Gatwick Airport reports 6.7% rise in passenger traffic in May 2017
London Gatwick Airport has registered a significant 6.7% rise in passenger traffic in May this year, compared to the same month in 2016.
During May, more than four million passengers travelled to and from Gatwick’s gates, marking the airport’s 51st consecutive month of traffic growth.
The rise in passenger volumes is driven by the airport’s network of more than 50 long-haul routes.
North American destinations have recorded significant growth with 13% rise as 15 routes in the US and Canada are currently served from Gatwick.
In May, major destinations from the airport included Fort Lauderdale (+125%), Los Angeles (+48%) and Calgary (+43%).
The airport also welcomed a large number of business passengers with 782,000 business trips made during the period.
Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “There is real momentum behind Gatwick’s growth as records tumble month after month.
“Our continued growth shows that we are an airport that delivers for everyone. Whether travelling for business or leisure and flying short or long-haul, Gatwick has a choice of airlines and destinations unrivalled in the UK.
“The airport’s long-haul network has grown significantly and the results benefit both leisure passengers and also the country as global trade becomes increasingly important for the UK economy.”
In terms of cargo handled, Gatwick registered a surge of 18.9% in freight carried on long-haul flights.
Last month, load factors at the airport reached 85%, showing a rise from the 83.1% registered at the same time in 2016.
In September, Norwegian Airlines will launch the world’s longest low-cost long-haul route from Gatwick to Singapore.
The airline will also commence new services to Seattle and Denver in the same month, helping to expand the airport’s long-haul network.
Image: Norwegian Dreamliner lands at London Gatwick. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.