Key business routes boost Gatwick passenger numbers

A total of 2.3m passengers passed through London Gatwick airport in November, with popular business routes to Moscow, Istanbul and Oslo contributing to the growth.

Key business routes bring 85,000 more passengers through London Gatwick
Key business routes bring 85,000 more passengers through London Gatwick

The airport is citing multiple business routes, which include Moscow, Istanbul and Oslo, as the main contributor to Gatwick’s added footfall. The three routes combined added a total of 85,000 passengers to overall monthly figures, which increased by 91,500 passengers (4.1%) from the previous year.

The growth reflects an overall trend towards scheduled, low-cost airlines flying to popular business destinations.

Chief financial officer at London Gatwick, Nick Dunn, said: "Business routes are performing particularly strongly, especially to high growth markets such as Russia, Turkey and Vietnam. This will only increase as we add new services to North America and Asia next year, including direct routes to New York and Jakarta."

However, the termination of US Airways’ routes out of London Gatwick meant that North American traffic was down by 12.8%. Some long- and medium-haul flights showed growth, however, with leisure routes to Thailand and Morocco proving popular.

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