Passenger numbers in November 2011 increased by 0.6% compared to the same month last year, with 12,800 more passengers flying through Gatwick.
o Growth in capacity amongst some of Gatwick’s major carriers in the low cost market helped stimulate growth overall.
o This is the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year passenger growth at Gatwick.
Air traffic movements were down by 4.5% compared to November 2010 through a combination of factors, including reduced capacity into North African charter destinations and a reduction by some carriers in their short-haul operations. This was offset, however, by record average load factors of 78.5%, up 3.3 percentage points on the prior year, driven by short haul and domestic markets.
The start to the winter season follows a strong summer season for Gatwick in which average load factors increased year-on-year in every month since April 2011.
In December, Gatwick is to welcome two new airlines; Vietnam Airlines launched the first direct flights between the UK and Vietnam on 9 December. This will be followed by Turkish Airlines commencing a daily flight to Istanbul from 20 December.
Air China announced last week a four times a week operation between Gatwick and Beijing starting in May 2012. This follows news that Hong Kong Airlines will start a daily all business class service to Hong Kong from March 2012.
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