London Gatwick Airport reports 4.2% rise in passenger traffic for November

10 December 2012 (Last Updated December 10th, 2012 18:30)

London Gatwick Airport in the UK has reported a 4.2% rise in its passenger traffic in November 2012 to 2.2 million, when compared to 2.13 million handled during the corresponding month in 2011.

London Gatwick Airport in the UK has reported a 4.2% rise in its passenger traffic in November 2012 to 2.2 million, when compared to 2.13 million handled during the corresponding month in 2011.

According to the airport, the growth in traffic was due to the timing of the autumn half-term holiday, which crossed into November.

Gatwick's traffic on domestic routes reached 23,000 passengers, while international traffic reached 24,000 during the period over the same period last year.

The airport's scheduled services to Europe increased by 2.8% during the month, which was mainly due to 3.9% rise in European charter flights.

Gatwick Airport chief financial officer Nick Dunn said that the airport saw an additional 89,000 passengers during the month over last November.

"The growth in traffic was due to the timing of the autumn half-term holiday, which crossed into November."

"As the winter season is often a challenging time of year for airports, it is positive that our traffic figures are showing growth and we continue to focus on delivering the best experience to these additional passengers," Dunn said.

During November, air transport movements at the airport declined 1.7% to 15,965 when compared to 16,237 during November 2011, while cargo traffic increased 18.7% to 8,930 metric tonnes when compared to 7,526 metric tonnes during corresponding month in 2011.

Load factors during the period increased by 2.3% to 80.8% over the same period last year.

During the January to November 2012 period, the airport's passenger traffic rose 2.8% to 34.2 million, while air transport movements declined 0.4% and cargo traffic reported a 9.5% rise.