Gatwick bosses have announced another new record for the airport after passenger numbers during June soared by 5.5% on last year's total.
For the airport revealed that last month, more than 3.6 million passengers flew through Gatwick – 190,500 more than in June 2013.
An airport spokesman said: “Following Gatwick’s highest ever moving annual passenger total in May, the airport has achieved a new record of 36.6 million in June.”
The spokesman continued: “European scheduled traffic continued to perform strongly this month, with growth of 11.1%, or 213,300 passengers. “New routes to business destinations including Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam boosted traffic, alongside growth to cities including Copenhagen and Rome. Traffic to Copenhagen grew by 15% and traffic to Rome grew by 31%.”
He continued: “The average proportion of business travellers using Gatwick now stands at more than 20% per month. “Foreign-based business passengers using Gatwick also continues to increase, making up 8.1% of all departing passengers in June.”
He added: “Gatwick now serves 46 of the top 50 business routes in Europe, as well as key emerging and established long-haul markets.”
The June figures also showed that traffic to high growth markets was continuing to perform well, and long-haul routes saw growth of 7.1%, or 27,900 passengers, as Gatwick continues to attract traffic to emerging economies such as Vietnam.
North Atlantic traffic is set to be boosted from this month following the introduction of new services to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale from Gatwick with Norwegian Air Shuttle on the Dreamliner aircraft.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer of London Gatwick, said: “Gatwick continues to successfully compete for business and leisure traffic, increasing passenger numbers and market share at record levels.”
He said: “From July, this will increase even further thanks to the start of US services, including New York and Los Angeles, with Norwegian Air Shuttle. “A two-runway Gatwick would ensure a competitive market for the next generation, where all passengers have more choice and the UK is provided with the essential air links it needs to both established and emerging markets. “Expansion at Gatwick would provide London and the UK with two world class airports, enabling regional and national business to thrive and grow on the global stage. “Businesses need certainty and Gatwick is, by far, the most deliverable option for expansion.”
Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and the busiest single-runway airport in the world, serving more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for around 36 million passengers a year on short and long-haul services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-east, generating around 23,000 on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 jobs through related activities. It is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.