London’s Gatwick Airport recorded passenger traffic of 4,057,400, which is the highest ever number the airport has ever seen in the month of July.
This number was an increase of approximately 6% when compared with July 2013. The previous record for maximum passenger traffic was in August 2013, when the airport received roughly 4,032,000 million passengers.
The airport said that traffic to the US was boosted significantly due to the introduction of new Norwegian Air Shuttle services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale on the new-generation Dreamliner aircraft.
The traffic of European passengers also witnessed a growth of approximately 10.5% or 226,000 passengers. Business routes, including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, boosted traffic alongside growth to cities such as Stockholm and Rome.
London Gatwick chief financial officer Nick Dunn said: "The strength of Norwegian’s new low-cost long-haul flights on new-generation aircraft is really encouraging. What passengers want is the convenience of flying from their local airport to the destination of their choice with fares they can afford.
"Building a third runway at Heathrow will diminish the choice available to British passengers, making it more expensive to go on holiday, to travel for business and to export goods and services. We support competition, reduced fares and two world-class London airports serving the UK as a whole."
Roughly 20% of all passengers coming to Gatwick are travelling for business and the airport serves 46 of the top 50 business routes in Europe.
Image: Gatwick airport recorded its highest ever passenger traffic in July 2014. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.