17 DECEMBER 2018

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Article from BTNews 17 DECEMBER 2018

Airports celebrate record figures

Led by Heathrow (see story this issue), the UK’s major airports celebrated record November passenger figures last week. At Gatwick, growth in long-haul routes helped it to surpass 3m passengers, a record for the month, as overall traffic grew by 5.7%.

The number of passengers flying to long-haul destinations was up by 11.9%, with officials revealing one in six of the airport’s 46m annual passengers are now long-haul travellers.

Services to Kigali (Rwanda) and Colombo (Sri Lanka) helped to drive the growth, with those routes up 134.1% and 110% respectively. Gatwick’s cargo traffic also continued its upward surge, growing by 5.3% compared with November last year.

Elsewhere, a record 1.98m passengers passed through Stansted in November, up 8.7% on 2017, while Luton Airport (LTN) experienced an 11.5% increase in passenger numbers in November compared to the year before, to record a total of more than 1.1m.

The MAG group, which operates Manchester and East Midlands airports as well as Stansted, saw the Stansted pattern repeated there with Manchester up 7.1% to 1.85m passengers and East Midlands growing by 4.7% to welcome 232,000 passengers.

www.gatwickairport.com   www.stanstedairport.com   www.london-luton.co.uk

www.manchesterairport.co.uk   www.eastmidlandsairport.com   www.magairports.com

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