A record 2.8m passengers travelled through Gatwick Airport in November, representing a 7.3% year-on-year increase.
The airport also added 2.7m passengers to its year-to-date traffic, while long-haul traffic growth rocketed 20 percent. Cargo traffic was also up 12 percent for the month.
In further good news for the airport, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific announced that its current four-times-weekly Gatwick-Hong Kong service will go daily from June 2017.
Thomas Cook’s new service to Cape Town also commenced this week adding to British Airways’ service making six flights weekly to the city from Gatwick.
Gatwick Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Almost three million more passengers are travelling through the airport this year versus the same time last year, with 42.7 million passengers passing through the airport annually – this figure that puts us 14 years ahead of industry predictions.
“Passengers are responding to our growing line-up of long-haul connections with routes to China, Peru, Canada, Costa Rica, Nigeria, as well as the US added this last year.”
“The very latest of these new long-haul connections Thomas Cook’s new route to Cape Town starts tomorrow – further cementing Gatwick’s position at the UK airport that serves more destinations than any other.”
North Atlantic routes drove this long-haul growth +43.4% on this time last year with New York +95%, Los Angeles +90% and Fort Lauderdale Florida +71%.
UK and Ireland routes grew +15.3% with Belfast +120%, Newquay +39% and Inverness +17%.
Winter-sun holiday destinations proving popular include the Cape Verde Islands +33%, Puerto Rico +25% and Havana, Cuba +23%.