London Gatwick reports record 4.1 million passengers in July 2014

• 4.1 million passengers used Gatwick in July – up by 6% year-on-year
• This is a new record for monthly passenger numbers at the world’s busiest single runway airport
• European traffic, particularly on business routes, performs strongly – up 10.5%
• North Atlantic traffic is up 6.6% – triggered by Norwegian Air Shuttle’s new low-cost long haul US routes

July 2014 traffic performance summary


Month Moving Annual Total
Growth Aug-13 Aug-12 Growth
Jul-14 Jul-13 (%) Jul-14 Jul-13 (%)
Total terminal passengers 4,057.4 3,827.9 6.0% 36,926.7 34,804.6 6.1%
Market Analysis:
UK + Channel Islands 338.5 357.9 (5.4)% 3,751.2 3,823.5 (1.9)%
Ireland 117.1 114.4 2.3% 1,280.0 1,262.6 1.4%
European scheduled 2,386.6 2,160.3 10.5% 21,036.6 18,992.2 10.8%
European charter 553.2 583.5 (5.2)% 3,836.6 4,094.4 (6.3)%
North Atlantic 193.6 181.6 6.6% 1,605.2 1,736.0 (7.5)%
Other long haul 468.4 430.2 8.9% 5,417.0 4,895.9 10.6%
Air transport movements 25,537 24,844 2.8% 253,601 242,418 4.6%
Cargo (metric tonnes) 7,939 8,640 (8.1)% 90,235 100,269 (10.0)%


Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights

Traffic commentary

LONDON, 2014-8-14 — /Travel PR News/ — During July, 4,057,400 million passengers flew through Gatwick – up by 6% or 229,500 passengers on the prior year. This is a new record for monthly passenger numbers at the airport, with the previous highest (4,032,000 million passengers) seen in August 2013.

Traffic to the US was boosted significantly this month following the introduction of new Norwegian Air Shuttle services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale on new-generation aircraft – The Dreamliner. This led to an uplift of 6.6% in July for North Atlantic traffic.

Other long haul routes also saw growth of 8.9%, as Gatwick continues to attract traffic to both emerging and high growth markets – with Dubai seeing an increase of 6.7%.

Closer to home, European scheduled traffic continued to perform strongly, with growth of 10.5% or 226,000 passengers. Business routes including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam boosted traffic alongside growth to cities including Stockholm and Rome. High growth markets in particular performed well, with increased frequencies to Turkey earlier this summer translating into a 21.8% year-on-year uplift on traffic to Istanbul.

Gatwick now serves 46 of the top 50 European business routes and 20% of all passengers are travelling for business.

Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said:

“The strength of Norwegian’s new low-cost long haul flights on new-generation aircraft is really encouraging. What passengers want is the convenience of flying from their local airport to the destination of their choice with fares they can afford.

“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. We support competition, reduced fares and two world-class London airports serving the UK as a whole.”

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About London Gatwick
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