London Gatwick Growth

London Gatwick Airport (LGW), UK, has released its traffic performance summary for June 2011, showing year-on-year growth in passenger numbers.
June 2011 recorded an increase of 5.2% on the previous year with 158,600 more passengers using the airport, bringing the total for the month to over 3.2 million.
There was also a 2.4% increase in air transport movements.  LGW states that this rise is driven by growth in short-haul markets – Norwegian, airberlin, easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair are among a number of airlines operating a greater volume of flights compared to June 2010.
Load factors also rose from 81.0% in 2010 to 82.7% this year, in both the international and the domestic markets.
The summary shows a loss in terms of cargo for the month.  June 2011 saw a decrease of 20.6% in metric tonnes compared to the year before.  However, the moving annual total does record a growth of 4.9% overall for cargo.
LGW welcomed new contracts in the month as well.  Vietnam Airlines chose the airport as its exclusive partner in flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  The operations will start in winter and create trading links with the South East Asian markets as well as offering further opportunities for the 90,000 UK holidaymakers travelling to the region.
Lufthansa is also beginning new operations at LGW.  Double-daily flights to Frankfurt will be launched at the end of October 2011.  The German carrier expects that 50% of those seats will be taken by business travellers, thus strengthening the airport’s offering to that particular demographic.
LGW believes that this latest report on traffic performance has highlighted its “continued progress in becoming London’s airport of choice”.