Gatwick Sees Passenger Numbers Increase

London’s Gatwick Airport, UK, saw a year-on-year growth rate of 2.4% in September 2012, with more than 80,200 passengers using its facilities.
Traffic on scheduled services to Europe continued to increase compared to the previous year at a growth rate of 7.1%.  However, charter traffic to the same region declined by 11.9% and passenger numbers of domestic services also dropped slightly.
A statement from the airport said that more than 20% of its September traffic increase was due to new Asian carriers flying passengers to Beijing, Seoul and Vietnam.
Load factors, particularly on the Asian carriers, also increased last month, rising 1.4% to 86.6%.
Chief Finance Officer Nick Dunn commented:  “As expected, the increase in late August bookings post the [Olympic] Games continued into September and this saw us return to the historic growth rate of 2.4% for this time of year.
“I am delighted to see our new long-haul customers serving Beijing, Seoul and Vietnam performing well.  We remain committed to supporting those airlines to help them grow and prosper here at Gatwick and ensure London has the connectivity it needs today and in the future.”
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