17 DECEMBER 2018
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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.
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