London Gatwick Airport achieved its 23rd successive month of growth in January 2015, with more than 2.3 million passengers passing through its terminals. This was up 5.5% on January 2014, representing an additional 124,000 passengers and Gatwick’s busiest ever January.
The largest areas of growth included an 11.4% increase in passenger numbers for long-haul transatlantic flights; a 12.3% increase in travelers flying to Dubai; and an increase of 19.8% for passengers flying to Turkey – up 5,000 when compared to January 2014.
Nick Dunn, chief financial officer at London Gatwick, said, “As the world’s busiest single runway airport, we are achieving great things and our continued investment in optimizing every aspect of both the passenger experience and the operation of the airport continues to pay off. The pattern of growth is set to continue but will come at a price and we will struggle to meet demand in future years.
“When looking at airport expansion, only Gatwick can deliver the economic benefit and the extra capacity the UK needs at an environmental cost it can afford. The expansion of Gatwick will also deliver more competition between airports serving London and the UK, as well as greater competition within airlines, offering passengers more choice and helping keep airfares lower.”