Gatwick Airport has published its results for the year ended March 31, 2017 and announced a big increase in passenger numbers. This follows the completion of the biggest year of investment in the airport’s history as it continues to deliver on its plans for growth. The airport’s annual results highlight growth record with 44.1 million passengers passing through in 2016/17 – an increase of 3.2 million passengers or 7.7%.
Long-haul continues to be a success story with routes growing 13.6% and now represent one in five of Gatwick’s passengers. As capacity issues become a challenge, the airport will continue to see growth in passenger numbers as airlines swap short haul for long haul services. Norwegian’s new route to Buenos Aires using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, for instance, will replace a short haul European service in Gatwick’s schedule.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “It has been another record-breaking year and another chapter in the transformation of Gatwick. Our continued growth and success is a testament to record investment, increased competition, and our renewed focus on efficiency and service. It is a simple fact that, of the top 20 airports in the world by passenger growth, Gatwick is the only one with a single runway. We continue to offer the UK a financeable and deliverable second runway scheme which we stand ready to deliver should the Government give us the go-ahead.
“Our record passenger numbers and increased long haul connectivity has been matched by a transformed airport experience which our passengers have recognised by giving us all-time high service quality results. We have, this week, broken through the 45 million annual passengers mark which is 13 million passengers a year more than we served in 2009 when Gatwick came into independent ownership.
“Gatwick has a bright future – we will invest £240 million this year as we continue our £2.5 billion programme to improve our facilities, improve our service and passenger experience, and improve our performance so we can realise our ambitious plans to grow even further.
“This will lay some of the physical groundwork for our continued growth. Improvements planned include an extension to Pier 6 and changes to the taxiway configuration to improve efficiency on the airfield even further.”