Gatwick anticipates 631,000 passengers during holiday weekend


London Gatwick Airport expects to handle a record number of 631,000 passengers during the bank holiday weekend, marking an increase of 0.9% when compared to the same period in August 2016.

During the period, a total of 304,000 passengers are expected to depart through the airport terminals, posting a 14% year-on-year growth in long-haul travellers.

Three of the ten biggest-growing long-haul routes will be to US locations, which include Oakland, New York and Los Angeles.

The US locations will experience a significant rise in passenger volumes by 124.8%, 54.9% and 28.9% respectively, compared to last year.

"Gatwick is already the world’s busiest single-runway airport and we are exploring new and innovative ways to make best use of our existing facilities."

Gatwick Airport’s 11th biggest-growing long-haul route is expected to be Boston, Massachusetts, US, with a 16.2% growth in passenger traffic compared to the same weekend in 2016.

Gatwick Airport Airline Relations head Stephen King said: “As more American destinations are added to our growing long-haul route network, it’s clear that passengers are making the most of it with thousands heading across the pond for the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Later this year we’re set to give our passengers even more choice with the launch of new routes to Denver, Seattle, Austin and Chicago.

“Gatwick is already the world’s busiest single-runway airport and we are exploring new and innovative ways to make best use of our existing facilities so we can continue to forge new connections and increase Britain’s global connectivity when it’s needed most.”

Besides the long-haul destinations in the US, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to post a 10.7% year-on-year rise in passenger figures during the weekend.