London Gatwick Airport has reported a 5.7% increase in passenger traffic for November compared to the same month last year.
During November, more than 3.05 million passengers used Gatwick airport, driven by the facility’s network of long-haul routes.
The number of passenger flying to long-haul destinations has increased by more than 11.9%. Gatwick stated that one in six of its 46 million annual travellers are now long-haul passengers.
Additionally, flights to Kigali of Rwanda and Colombo of Sri Lanka helped drive the growth with these routes up 134.1% and 110% respectively.
Cargo traffic at Gatwick also rose by more than 5.3% compared with the same month last year.
London Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “November’s record-breaking passenger and cargo numbers highlight the imperative role that Gatwick continues to play for the country.
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“The growth in the number of passengers travelling to Kigali is a great example of how our extensive range of long-haul routes is being embraced by business and leisure travellers from across the UK.
“I’m also delighted that our network has now been bolstered even further by vital new routes to Shanghai with China Eastern and Rio with Norwegian.”
The strong passenger and traffic growth follows a new YouGov survey, which revealed that 74% of MPs asked support Gatwick’s plans to increase capacity by making better use of existing runways.
An earlier survey had shown that nearly 74% of surveyed residents in Surrey, Sussex and Kent also support the plans.