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Gatwick enjoys the busiest month in its history

August has been the busiest month in Gatwick's history Credit: ITV

Gatwick Airport announced the busiest month in its history with more than 4.53 million passengers passing through in August - a 3.7% increase on the previous year.

The airport has achieved 30 months of consecutive growth with 39.5 million passengers passing through the airport in the last 12 months.

Travel to the North Atlantic was a key driver in this history-making month, seeing growth of 9.5% on passengers flying to the US and Canada.

The biggest long-haul increase saw Orlando up 13.3% with passengers taking advantage of the offering from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian Air.

The short-haul sector also performed strongly with growth to European destinations up 5.5%.


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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