London’s Gatwick Airport has reported its fifth consecutive year of traffic growth this February as three million passengers travelled through the airport.

This represented an increase of 0.7% compared to same period last year.

It marked five full years of month-on-month growth at the airport, and the momentum is expected to continue with the launch of new services this year.

Starting May, Qatar Airways will launch a new route to Qatar which will further increase Gatwick Airport’s global connectivity.

“During this time Gatwick has been transformed by our ongoing £2.7bn investment programme.”

Gatwick’s busiest-ever month was supported by major growth in the airport’s long-haul routes, which increased by 16.7%. Cargo volumes also surged by 37.2%.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Our February traffic figures mark five consecutive years of growth and during this time Gatwick has been transformed by our ongoing £2.7bn investment programme.

“We have exciting plans for growth maximising the use of our existing facilities whilst we also offer the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme.”

The airport’s Asia routes performed well in February, as thousands of passengers travelled to and from the Far East to celebrate Chinese New Year. Hong Kong (+74.4%) and Tianjin (+12.9%) recorded the highest growth rate in passengers.

The month also proved busy on Gatwick’s transatlantic routes, with Fort Lauderdale (+80.0%), Oakland, San Francisco (+67.6%) and New York (+43.4%) seeing the highest growth rates.

To meet the growing demand, Norwegian airline announced that it will offer travellers more choice for transatlantic routes, adding 150,000 extra seats from Gatwick.

The airline also launched new services to Austin and Chicago in March in addition to its new Buenos Aires service which launched in February.