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Passenger numbers up at Gatwick

A total of just more than 2.73 million people passed through Gatwick airport in April 2013. Photo: Press Assocation

Passenger numbers edged up at the UK's second-biggest airport last month.

A total of just more than 2.73 million people passed through Gatwick airport in April 2013 - a 0.4% rise on the April 2012 figure.

But last month's total included a dip of 11.4% in European charter traffic, with bosses of the West Sussex airport warning of "challenging" European economic conditions.

But European scheduled traffic, which makes up a big slice of Gatwick's overall operation, was up 3.2% in April 2013.

And although north Atlantic traffic dipped 15.1% last month, other long-haul traffic rose 8.7%.

Gatwick's chief financial officer Nick Dunn said: "It is pleasing to see the trend for long-haul growth continuing, with several key carriers expanding their frequencies and routes.

"While April 2013 also saw growth in scheduled European services... it is also important to note that economic conditions in Europe remain challenging and we expect this trend to continue for the immediate future."