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July brakes passenger record for Gatwick

July brakes passenger record for Gatwick
11 Aug 2014

Gatwick Airport has seen a six per cent increase in passenger numbers, year-on-year, for July. Last month saw 4.1 million passengers using the airport, a record number.  

In numbers, this July's figure was up by 229,500 passengers against July 2013.

Last month, North Atlantic traffic was up 6.6 per cent for Gatwick, in the wake of several new services being brought in.

There was an 8.9 per cent growth for other long haul air routes. Dubai traffic was up 6.7 per cent.

And there was a 10.5 per cent rise in European scheduled traffic - working out at an additional 226,000 passengers.

The airport says that it serves 46 out of the 50 top European business routes. A fifth of the passengers who use Gatwick are hitting the skies for business.

The second biggest airport in the UK, Gatwick offers flights to over 200 places, serving in excess of 36 million passengers annually.

"What passengers want is the convenience of flying from their local airport to the destination of their choice with fares they can afford," commented London Gatwick chief financial officer, Nick Dunn.

He claimed that: "Building a third runway at Heathrow will diminish the choice available to British passengers, making it more expensive to go on holiday, to travel for business and to export goods and services."

Gatwick, he said, is in support of competition, lower air fares and a pair of "world class London airports" for the UK to use.

Gatwick recently opened a Nando's restaurant, the first time this brand has become a presence in an airport in Europe.

With room for 220 people to sit down and eat, the Nando's branch opens at 4am daily and closes when the airport's final flight of the day has taken place.ADNFCR-408-ID-801741263-ADNFCR

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