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A record year of investment has helped Gatwick Airport pass the 45 million passenger milestone for the first time.
The airport is set to invest £240 million this year as part of a £2.5 billion programme to improve services, passenger experience and the facilities on offer to travellers.
In the year ending 31 March 2017, the airport served 3.2 million passengers than the year previously – a 7.7% rise. It means 13 million more passengers passed through its doors than in 2009.
Long-haul journeys continue to be extremely popular – with routes growing by 13.6% – and are now responsible for one in every five passengers passing through the airport.
A number of airlines have plans to swap short-haul offerings for longer ones – for example, Norwegian’s new route to Buenos Aires will replace a European service in Gatwick’s schedule.
Norwegian is also partly responsible for a 38.7% increase in the popularity of North Atlantic routes, with the airline offering travellers flights to Las Vegas and Oakland, as well as San Francisco.
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “It has been another record-breaking year and another chapter in the transformation of Gatwick.”
On its busiest day, the airport is able to serve more than 177,000 passengers, largely due to bigger plane capacity and airlines, including Cathay Pacific, increasing flight frequency.
European business routes were also extremely popular and played a big factor in the airport recording huge passenger numbers.
Gatwick is also set to welcome the introduction of new routes soon, with China Airlines starting a new service to Taipei in December 2017. Norwegian will introduce flights to Singapore, Seattle and Denver starting this September, and to Buenos Aires in February 2018.
The airport was recently named as one of the fastest growing airports based upon Airport Council International statistics for 2016.
If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance
Date Created: 06/07/2017