– Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick
Gatwick continues to successfully compete with other London airports. Business and leisure passengers are choosing to fly from Gatwick thanks to the range of destinations we serve – more than any other UK airport – and our continued focus on delivering excellent service and facilities. As well as attracting more passengers, we have also added airlines and routes, ultimately building more connections between London and the world."
More passengers are choosing to fly from London Gatwick. The airport saw 3.1 million passengers use it in October 2013 - an increase of 4.3% or 128,000 passengers over the prior year.
The growth in European routes continued with more than 2.3 million passengers choosing to fly from London Gatwick, an increase of 5.6% from last year. An increase in European flights was on key business routes. Destinations including Geneva, Luxembourg and Istanbul added over 100,000 passengers.
The reported loss of traffic to North America, down 10.5%, was nearly all due to US Airways ceasing services from London Gatwick earlier in the year. However, next summer’s launch of three new Norwegian services to the US will help support growth going forward.
More than 2.1 million passengers passed through the airport last month, that's slightly down on February 2012.
The 0.7% dip in passenger numbers is down to last year being a leap year.
When compared on a like for like basis, 2.2% or 47,800 more travellers passed through Gatwick last month.