Growing long-haul connections has again boosted passenger traffic at London Gatwick Airport which increased year-on-year (YOY) by two per cent in October to just over four million.
The airport’s long-haul connections continue to grow and were up YOY by 12.4 per cent in the month. North Atlantic routes proved particularly popular up YOY by 15.4 per cent. Boston was up YOY by 67.9 per cent, on last October, due to Norwegian adding to their previous five times weekly service with a now daily service to the city this autumn/ winter.
Further afield, passengers travelling to Singapore were 30 per cent higher than the same month last year.
Traffic to Asia will get a boost later this year as the airport will welcome a new thrice weekly service to Shanghai with China Eastern Airlines in December 2018. This adds to Gatwick’s growing route network to this region, which already includes Hong Kong, Chengdu and Taipei.
Last month, Gatwick Airport published its draft master plan, setting out the airport’s vision and looking ahead to the early 2030.
The gateway is looking use new technology to increase capacity on its main runway, bring an existing standby runway into routine use by the mid-2020s and safeguard land for potential development of an additional runway.
London Gatwick chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate said Gatwick continues to “showcase the vital role it plays for the country”.
He added: “Gatwick’s growth is vital for the future prosperity of Britain and the country’s post-Brexit future – and our growing global connections are needed more than ever. This December our latest long-haul route will begin, as we open up yet further connections to Asia, with China Eastern starting their new service to Shanghai.”