Gatwick’s 2.5 years of consecutive growth far outstrips Airports Commission forecasts
4.3 million passengers passed through the airport in July, up 6.4% on previous year
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “These results put us ten years ahead of the forecasts used by the Airports Commission to predict future air traffic movements and how that relates to the case for expansion. Our growth in the last twelve months is actually more than the Commission concluded could be added at Gatwick in the first year of a new runway being operational here – this is further proof of the flaws in the Airports Commission analysis and shows its conclusions are fast unravelling.”
London Gatwick announced two-and-a-half years of consecutive month-on-month traffic growth and achieved its busiest ever July with 4.3 million passengers travelling through the airport, a 6.4% increase on the previous year.
The airport’s long-haul routes were the key drivers of this impressive performance 7% on the previous year.
Destinations contributing to this significant long haul growth include North Atlantic routes +10.1% with New York routes (+116%) and Los Angeles (+106%) largely driven by passenger take up of Norwegian’s low cost longhaul routes.
One of Europe’s fastest growing airports – passenger numbers up by 13.7%
Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest July in seven years after 956,483 passengers travelled through its doors – an increase of 13.7% – representing its ninth consecutive month of double digit growth.
International traffic grew by 15.3%, with long haul services including WestJet’s daily flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Virgin Atlantic’s direct route to Orlando reporting particularly strong demand. July also saw thousands of travellers take to the skies to European sun destinations including Crete, Majorca, Tenerife and the Costa del Sol. A new service to Budapest, which was launched by Wizz Air in June, also proved particularly popular.
Domestic traffic grew by 11.4%, with Ryanair and British Airways both reporting strong demand for services to the London airports.
The news capped what has been a successful first half of 2015 at Glasgow, with the airport being classified by European airport trade body, ACI Europe as one of Europe’s fastest growing airports during the first six months of 2015.
Glasgow and London Gatwick are among Europe’s fastest growing airports of 2015 according to a leading European airport trade body.
ACI Europe has released its traffic report for January to June 2015 which shows that both London Gatwick and Glasgow Airports are the third fastest growing airports in their respective categories in June 2015.
London Gatwick saw 5.4% more passenger traffic between January and June 2015 than the same period last year, while Glasgow International Airport saw a 13.8% increase in passenger numbers during the first six months of 2015, compared to the same period last year.
Glasgow Airport was one of Europe’s fastest growing airports during the first six months of 2015 according to European airport trade body, ACI Europe, which has released its traffic report for June, Q2 and H1 2015 (January to June).
The report confirmed that Glasgow Airport was also the third fastest growing airport in its category during June 2015.
ACI Europe categorises airports based on passenger numbers with Glasgow Airport falling into group three – airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers.
After the success of the Glasgow airport parking investment, and due to the ongoing increase in demand for airport car parking spaces, International Commercial Investment Ltd. will be launching the new Gatwick airport car park investment opportunity on the 1st of August 2015.
Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest June on record after 905,689 passengers travelled through its doors during the month, representing an annual increase of 14.2% and ensuring the airport was able to record its 28th consecutive month of growth.