London Gatwick’s record year smashes forecasts

London Gatwick has surpassed expectations after servicing a record-breaking 42 million passengers over the past 12 months.

And news of the record-breaking figures has highlighted the extent to which the airport has exceeded predictions set out by the Airports Commission just a year ago.

In fact, the report published by the Airports Commission on 1 July 2015 estimated that London Gatwick would not hit 42 million passengers for a 12-month period until 2030 – another 14 years away.

The report also stated that London Gatwick would not deliver long haul connectivity.

This too has been proven wrong by the airport’s performance over the last year.

Gatwick has added direct services to Hong Kong and successfully increased long haul routes by 25% for August 2016 compared to the same month last year.

August 2016 was the airport’s busiest August ever, with 4.8 million people travelling through its doors. This is an increase of 5.7% compared to August 2015.

The growth was boosted considerably by an upsurge in flights to North Atlantic destinations: the airport saw a 96% rise in Vancouver flights; an increase of 63% on Montreal routes and 51% more flights to Los Angeles.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: “Our performance proves beyond any doubt that the Airports Commission’s report is fundamentally flawed. Gatwick had its busiest ever August, long haul routes have gone through the roof and we have just passed the 42 million passenger mark, 14 years ahead of when the Airports Commission said we would.”