October 11, 2017
Booming global connections drive Gatwick to record September
London Gatwick has achieved the busiest-ever September in its history, as 4.5 million passengers travelled through the airport during the month, a 2.7% increase on last year. A substantial rise in passengers taking long-haul breaks played a part in Gatwick’s overall growth, with the airport’s long-haul destinations growing by 8.1% compared with last September. Gatwick’s long-haul growth consequently boosted the amount of cargo handled by the airport too, with September seeing a 27.3% increase compared with the same month last year. Destinations in Asia proved particularly popular with travellers this September with passengers travelling to Hong Kong +64.0%, utilising Gatwick’s daily connection to the city. Meanwhile, in September passengers to Tianjin, China were +28.4%. Elsewhere, popular routes were dominated by the destinations of September’s international fashion weeks with passengers to New York +49.9%, Paris +30.7% and Milan +3.4%. Visitors to Lima, from Gatwick, were +15% as passengers took advantage of the UK’s only direct connection to the city from Gatwick. Responding to this passenger demand for travel to South America, Gatwick will soon be providing passengers with further travel options to the region as Norwegian will start flying to Buenos Aires in February 2018.