Gatwick Airport has set out a controversial vision for its future with the publication of a new draft master plan. The plan is being announced to the airport’s independent consultative committee GATCOM which meets today.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive, London Gatwick said: “With our long-haul network thriving, we’re in a strong position to support a post-Brexit Britain, when long-haul connections to countries like China will be more important than ever before.”
Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports have all set new milestones as British travellers enjoyed a recording breaking summer holiday.
London Gatwick is gearing up for its busiest summer on record, with 8,846,000 people set to use the airport during the school holidays. It follows a successful June at Gatwick, which saw 4.5 million passengers travelling through, with the airport’s long-haul routes growing by 26 per cent year-on-year.
Air China will start flying the UK’s only non-stop service between the UK and Chengdu - the prosperous capital of Sichuan province in China – on July 3rd.
Gatwick Airport reported passenger numbers reached an all-time high of 45.7 million during the 12 months to the end of March. Revenue at the airport was up 5.4 per cent, to £764.2 million, over the period.
Norwegian has announced it will launch a new twice-weekly service from London Gatwick to Tampa-Florida. The service will take off on October 31st, with flights now available to book.
Last month saw London Gatwick experience the busiest May in its history, as 4.1 million passengers travelled through the airport.
Almost a thousand easyJet ground staff and baggage handlers at Gatwick airport employed by DHL have negotiated a pay boost worth on average 7.5 per cent over two years.
Today marks a significant milestone for London Gatwick, as the airport celebrates 60 years since it was officially opened in its current form.