Gatwick Growth Continues

London’s Gatwick Airport has released its February traffic figures which highlights 24 months of passenger growth.

More than 2.4 million passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport in February, a 7.2% increase on last year which marks the 24th consecutive month-on-month passenger growth at Gatwick.

Some 165,177 more passengers travelled through Gatwick in February this year compared to 2014. The growth was driven by an increased average load factor of 81.8% for the month.

Long-haul traffic grew by 8%, with Dubai (the biggest growth route) seeing passenger numbers increase by 13.6%. European scheduled services rose 9.6% over February 2014 with Paris seeing the highest growth following new services introduced by easyJet.

Compared to February last year, there are 16 additional routes in operation for February 2015 including Paris/Charles de Gaulle, Florence, New York, Warsaw, Fort Lauderdale, Kaunas, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Strasbourg, Puerto Vallarta, Pamplona, Bodo, Tunis, Plovdiv, Luxor and Erbil International in Iraq.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Two years of consecutive month-on-month growth is a tremendous achievement and shows the benefits of greater competition and low cost travel. We are also benefitting from the huge investment we’ve made in operating the world’s most efficient single runway airport.

“But our continued growth has limits – we are now unable to meet demand across much of the year and are just a few years away from hitting full capacity. Creating more airport capacity in London and the South East will be one of the biggest decisions facing any new Government. Expanding Gatwick would be a genuinely exciting opportunity, and help to create a choice of two world-class gateways for UK and international travellers, promoting competition to keep travel affordable for all. A new runway at Gatwick is deliverable sooner, at lower cost, and without the overwhelming environmental obstacles that face Heathrow.”

To mark two years of growth, Gatwick has released a new time-lapse video showing a day in the life of the airport.