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London Gatwick: 45.6 million passengers in 2017

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

London Gatwick ended 2017 with its busiest December on record, as 3.2 million passengers travelled through the airport during the festive month, an increase of 1.5% year-on-year. 45.6 million passengers used the airport in 2017, +5.2% on 2016.

London Gatwick control tower

After a year of continued booming growth in Gatwick’s long-haul connections, with new routes including Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle and Denver, December saw a 16% year-on-year rise in passengers travelling long-haul.

The airport’s long-haul network grew to 63 connections in 2017, and Gatwick welcomed 7.3 million long-haul passengers across the year – an increase of almost one million compared with 2016.

Oakland, San Francisco proved to be the long-haul destination with the biggest growth at Gatwick in December, as the number of passengers travelling there increased by 97% on the previous year. 

The airport’s Asia routes also continued their significant growth with Hong Kong +62% and Tianjin +41.7% in December. A new China Airlines service to Taipei joined Gatwick’s burgeoning Asia route network at the start of the month.

Meanwhile, Gatwick’s growing global connectivity continues to drive a surge in the volume of cargo handled by the airport – tonnage was up 33.6% in December.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said, “2017 was a great year for Gatwick in which we delivered record passenger growth and an array of new long-haul routes, bringing our annual passenger total to 45.6 million and extending our long-haul network to 63 connections.

“We have ambitious plans to build on the success achieved in 2017 and reach 50 million passengers per year and beyond, setting new standards for Gatwick and playing an increased global role for Britain. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience, which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick.”

               
 

Month

 

Moving Annual Total

     

Growth

 

Jan-17

Jan-16

Growth

 

Dec-17

Dec-16

(%)

 

Dec-17

Dec-16

(%)

               

Total terminal passengers (000s)

3,170.5

3,122.7

1.5%

 

45,561.7

43,289.5

5.2%

Market Analysis:

             

UK + Channel Islands

299.2

326.4

(8.3)%

 

4,084.8

3,886.9

5.1%

Ireland

143.3

138.6

3.4%

 

1,687.9

1,618.2

4.3%

European scheduled

1,851.3

1,859.1

(0.4)%

 

29,356.9

28,314.3

3.7%

European charter

219.5

232.1

(5.4)%

 

3,055.0

3,011.2

1.5%

North Atlantic

242.4

190.0

27.6%

 

3,251.4

2,704.1

20.2%

Other long haul

414.7

376.5

10.2%

 

4,125.7

3,754.8

9.9%

               
               

Air transport movements

20,486

20,752

(1.3)%

 

285,969

280,089

2.1%

               

Cargo (metric tonnes)

9,849

7,375

33.6%

 

97,045

77,995

24.4%

 

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