Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth


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Robust start to financial year as Gatwick celebrates growth
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  • 12.5m passengers travelled through Gatwick Q1 April – June 2019
  • Total passenger numbers +1.7% year-on-year, with long-haul +2.2%
  • Responding to passenger demand Qatar Airways adds five new weekly flights to Doha
London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a financial year, as passenger numbers grew by +1.7% in Q1, compared to 2018, as 12.5 million passengers travelled through in the first three months of the 2019 – 2020 financial year.

Long-haul growth was also strong in Q1, up +2.2%. North Atlantic routes drove this busiest-ever start to a calendar year with Tampa +58%, Winnipeg +29%, Calgary +28%, New York +28% and Orlando +15

Responding to the passenger demand for flights to Doha, and beyond, Qatar Airways increased flight frequency from Gatwick, in June, with the carrier now flying three times daily up from 16 flights weekly. This follows the airline celebrating its first anniversary of flying from Gatwick in May.
During Q1, Gatwick welcomed more passengers than ever before during the Easter holidays up + 2.5% compared to Easter 2018. European sun featured most prominently among the fastest growing Easter destinations with Bilbao +119.4%, Bodrum +112.9%, Budapest +105.8%, Mahon +86.3% and Vienna +73%.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said:
“Gatwick is achieving robust growth in this Spring / Summer period where airport capacity is already well utilised and I’m proud even in these already busy Spring / Summer months we have been able to achieve yet further growth. Right across all airline types, carriers are starting new routes and increasing flight frequencies.
“We have published the final version of Gatwick’s masterplan, outlining potential options for future growth enabling the airport to make more of the world’s most exciting destinations accessible to more people than ever before while boosting trade and tourism opportunities locally and nationally.”


Quarter
Moving Annual Total
Growth
Jul-18
Jul-17
Growth
Q1 2019
Q1 2018
(%)
Jun-19
Jun-18
(%)
Total terminal passengers (000s)
12,547.2
12,341.6
1.7%
46,647.0
45,760.7
1.9%
Market Analysis:
UK + Channel Islands
901.7​
985.4​
(8.5)%​
3,639.4​
3,881.9​
(6.2)%​
Ireland
416.7​
417.0​
(0.1)%​
1,675.1​
1,677.9​
(0.2)%​
European scheduled
8,267.5​
8,019.7​
3.1%​
29,561.0​
29,151.4​
1.4%​
European charter
711.5​
717.3​
(0.8)%​
2,890.0​
2,944.7​
(1.9)%​
North Atlantic
1,153.3​
1,132.4​
1.8%​
4,167.7​
3,695.2​
12.8%​
Other long haul
1,096.6​
1,069.8​
2.5%​
4,713.8​
4,409.5​
6.9%​
Air transport movements
75,598
74,590
1.4%​
282,749
279,586
1.1%​
Cargo (metric tonnes)
26,121
26,862
(2.8)%​
113,785
107,051
6.3%​
 
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