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Record number of passengers to travel through Gatwick this bank holiday

600,000 passengers are due to pass through Gatwick this weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

Nearly six hundred thousand passengers are due to pass through Gatwick this Bank Holiday, making it a record breaker for the airport.

Meanwhile drivers expect to get stuck in delays this weekend - According to new research, August is the busiest month on the roads, with a fifth of the British public planning to travel during the Bank Holiday.

"Our record-breaking Bank Holiday figures show that competition is a great thing for passengers. In the short space of time since becoming independent, we have become an airport of choice offering more destinations than any other UK airport.

"Our long-haul destinations are growing fastest of the routes we serve and, with routes to Costa Rica and Peru - which will be the UK's only direct flights to Lima - and new services to Canada starting next year, Gatwick continues to show that it is well placed to meet the needs of travellers."

– Gatwick Chief Financial Officer Nick Dunn

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Busiest July on record for Gatwick Airport

Gatwick has reported its busiest July ever, with 4.3 million passengers travelling through the airport last month alone.

It came during a month of disruption to ferries and Eurotunnel services caused by the crisis at Calais.

An aerial view of Gatwick airport Credit: PA

The good news comes as the airport has been brought under fire by the Advertising Standards Authority for the way it campaigned for a second runway.

The regulator says the airport misrepresented the effect a second runway would have on Heathrow in order to ensure a new runway at Gatwick.

It is also under the spotlight for asking passengers to display boarding passes so that airport shops can make savings, which are not then passed on to the customer.

The airport says it is not mandatory for passengers to show their boarding passes but they carry out the practice helps to make sure they can offer products customers desire.

An extra 260,000 people used the airport in July compared to the same month last year.

These results put us ten years ahead of the forecasts used by the Airports Commission to predict future air traffic movements.

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.

– Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO

New study on impact of Heathrow expansion

A major conference is underway on the recommendation to expand Heathrow Airport rather than Gatwick. Runways UK - which promotes airport expansion is examining the best use of existing resources before any new runway is built..

As our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports both major airports say they need to expand. And he's been looking at the impact of new runways at an airport in the USA which is more than three times the size of Heathrow.

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MPs from the south react to Heathrow decision

Members of Parliament from the south given their reaction to a report recommending Heathrow is given the go-ahead to expand.

The findings were published by the Airport Commission which took three years to reach its conclusion which looked at the best way to increase the country's airport capacity.

Reaction below from: Phillip Lee (Bracknell), Adam Afriyie (Windsor), Boris Johnson (Mayor of London), Harriet Harman (acting Labour leader), Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion), Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs), Henry Smith (Crawley), Carwyn Cox (Windsor and Maidenhead Council), Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire) and Patrick Mcloughlin (Transport Secretary).

MPs from the south east react to Heathrow decision

Members of Parliament from the south east have expressed their reaction to a report saying a third runway at Heathrow is the best option to increase the country's airport capacity.

The findings were published by the Airport Commission which took three years to reach its conclusion.

Reaction from: Henry Smith (Crawley), Jeremy Quinn (Horsham), Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling), Caroline Ansell (Eastbourne), Nus Ghani (Wealden), Adam Afriyie (Windsor) and Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood)

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