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Long-haul routes soar in busiest-ever January at Gatwick

Gatwick Airport
London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport achieved an impressive 2.8 million passengers travelling through the airport this January, +12.1% on 2016.

Long-haul routes continue their booming growth at Gatwick, +23.2% on January 2016,  – once again demonstrating Gatwick’s key role connecting Britain to important growth markets when these links have never been more crucial.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“Gatwick continues to set new precedents for a single-runway airport – we now serve 43.4 million passengers annually. With more than 20 new routes added to the airport’s destinations last year, driving long-haul growth of +23.2% in January, Gatwick continues to demonstrate the benefits of competition in the London airport market.

“Further new routes already confirmed to start this summer include Xi’an, China – the UK’s only direct route to the home of the terracotta army – plus British Airways providing passengers with more choice on routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale adding to Norwegian’s existing services to these destinations.

“Gatwick’s booming long-haul services and increased cargo volumes, this January, once again prove the vital role the airport plays in the UK economy at this crucial time for the country, as we continue to offer the UK Government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion.”

  • This January, long-haul growth continues to rocket, +23.2% on last year
  • This long-haul growth has driven a cargo increase of +15.4%
  • North Atlantic routes drove this long-haul growth +55.3% on this time last year with Toronto +177%, Los Angeles +94% and New York +82%
  • UK and Channel Islands routes grew +15.9% with Belfast International +122%, Newquay +32%, Isle of Man +11% and Inverness +12%
  • Iceland continues to go from strength to strength as a winter holiday destination with passenger numbers climbing +64% in January, versus the previous year.

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