Passenger numbers at Gatwick declined 10.7% year-on-year in December

Passenger numbers at Gatwick declined 10.7% year-on-year in December

Passenger numbers at Gatwick declined 10.7% year-on-year in December, largely as a result of heavy snowfall at the beginning and end of the month

  * Putting aside the impacts of the weather on passenger figures, the underlying trend shows a growth in the region of 2.6% and follows two consecutive months of growth at the airport
  * Following the first snow incident in December, Gatwick agreed the investment of £8 million in additional snow clearing vehicles, doubling the size of its fleet from 47 to 95.  The first two additional snow ploughs arrived in time to help clear snow during the second snow incident helping Gatwick to reopen the airport within under five hours of closing


Gatwick welcomed further growth from easyJet in December with the announcement of six new routes, including the addition of Jordan to their route network

  * Flights to Jordan’s capital, Amman, will commence thrice weekly from Gatwick on 27th March 2011
  * easyJet will commence flights to Izmir, Verona, Bologna, Seville and Aberdeen from Gatwick in the summer 2011 season