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Drop in Gatwick passenger numbers

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Gatwick Airport has recorded a fall in passenger numbers with 0.8% less people choosing to fly in January compared to last year.

The airport said "economic conditions remain challenging" and the weather was also affecting its operations.

However, it continued to see growth in domestic and long haul markets with 6,800 and 21,900 more passengers, respectively.

Nick Dunn, chief financial officer, said: “In January we saw a slight decline in the number of passengers travelling through Gatwick, which is a reflection of lower European traffic. However this was balanced with growth from long haul airlines serving Asia.

“We are delighted that Garuda Indonesia has chosen Gatwick to operate a vital new direct route to a key high-growth business market.

"Jakarta is also a major hub airport for South East Asia, giving UK passengers even more access and choice to the region.”

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