London Gatwick Airport recorded its 60th month of consecutive growth in February – as three million passengers travelled through last month – up 0.7 per cent on 2017.
The airport is set to further increase the global connectivity it provides for passengers with Qatar Airways announcing a new double-daily route to Qatar, starting May 2018.
Gatwick’s busiest-ever February was fuelled by further significant growth in the airport’s long-haul routes, which were up 16.7 per cent across the month.
The airport’s Asia routes performed particularly well in February, as thousands of passengers travelled to and from the Far East to celebrate Chinese New Year. Hong Kong saw a considerable percentage increase in passengers of 74.4 per cent, while Tianjin’s growth also continued, up 12.9 per cent year-on-year.
February was a busy month on Gatwick’s transatlantic routes too – with Fort Lauderdale up 80 per cent, Oakland, San Francisco 67.6 per cent and New York 43.4 per cent seeing the highest growth rates.
Due to demand, Norwegian announced they will be providing passengers even more choice with additional frequencies, on transatlantic routes, adding 150,000 extra seats from Gatwick this summer. The airline also starts new routes to Austin and Chicago this March – adding to their new already popular Buenos Aires service which launched in February.
Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate said: “February’s passenger figures are the latest demonstration of Gatwick’s importance as a vital piece of UK infrastructure providing global connectivity at a time when the country needs it most.
“We have exciting plans for growth maximising the use of our existing facilities whilst we also offer the country the prospect of a financeable and deliverable new runway scheme.”