Gatwick long-haul services see passenger numbers climb

Gatwick long-haul services see passenger numbers climb

In the 12 months to November, Gatwick Airport served 2.7 million more passengers than it did in the 12 months running up to November 2015.

Meanwhile, Gatwick is delighted to announce further new connections to Asia responding to the demand for the airport’s existing connections to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific has announced that its current four-times-weekly service from Gatwick will become daily from June 2017.

Meanwhile, Thomas Cook’s new service to Cape Town has launched adding to British Airways’ service making six flights weekly to the city from Gatwick.

In November, 3.9 million passengers travelled through the airport, up 7.1 per cent on the same month last year, while long-haul growth soared up 20 per cent.

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Contributing to this long-haul growth was Thomson’s new connection to Sri Lanka which started last month.

In line with Gatwick’s long-haul growth, cargo volumes increased up 12 per cent in November.

Gatwick chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said: “Almost three million more passengers are travelling through the airport this year versus the same time last year, with 42.7 million passengers passing through the airport annually – this figure that puts us 14 years ahead of industry predictions.

“Passengers are responding to our growing line-up of long-haul connections with routes to China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, as well as the US added this last year.

“The very latest of these new long-haul connections Thomas Cook’s new route to Cape Town starts tomorrow – further cementing Gatwick’s position at the UK airport that serves more destinations than any other.”