London Gatwick record as growth hits +6% in July

By Kevin Rozario |

The UK’s second busiest airport, London Gatwick (LGW), processed 4.1m passengers in July, up by +6% year-on-year to produce a new monthly traffic record (see chart).

 

The world’s busiest single runway airport did better than rival London Heathrow in July – the start of the summer getaway – where traffic grew by just +0.5%.

 

In the period, LGW had particularly strong European traffic growth of +10.5% thanks to business routes such as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam performing strongly. Gatwick says it now serves 46 of the top 50 European business routes and that 20% of all passengers are travelling for business.

 

High-growth markets also did well, with increased frequencies to Turkey earlier this summer translating into a +21.8% year-on-year uplift to Istanbul.

 

North Atlantic traffic was also up +6.6%, triggered by Norwegian Air Shuttle’s new low-cost long haul US services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale on the new-generation Boeing Dreamliner.

 

Other long haul routes also saw growth of +8.9% as Gatwick continues to focus on attracting traffic to both emerging and high growth markets: Dubai had an increase of +6.7%.

 

Nick Dunn, LGW’s Chief Financial Officer, says: “The strength of Norwegian’s new low-cost long haul flights 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.”

 

London Gatwick traffic July 2014 (and MAT), x 1,000

Month

Moving Annual Total

Jul-14

Jul-13

Growth (%)

Aug 13 – Jul 14

Aug 12 –Jul 13

Growth (%)

UK + Channel Islands

338.5

357.9

(5.4)%

3,751.2

3,823.5

(1.9)%

Ireland

117.1

114.4

2.3%

1,280.0

1,262.6

1.4%

European scheduled

2,386.6

2,160.3

10.5%

21,036.6

18,992.2

10.8%

European charter

553.2

583.5

(5.2)%

3,836.6

4,094.4

(6.3)%

North Atlantic

193.6

181.6

6.6%

1,605.2

1,736.0

(7.5)%

Other long haul

468.4

430.2

8.9%

5,417.0

4,895.9

10.6%

TOTAL PASSENGERS

4,057.4

3,827.9

6.0%

36,926.7

34,804.6

6.1%

Air transport movements

25,537

24,844

2.8%

253,601

242,418

4.6%

Source: London Gatwick. Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights

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