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Article from BTNews 19 SEPTEMBER 2011

Gatwick numbers up - and Glasgow too

Passenger numbers have taken an upward turn at Gatwick Airport together with record average load factors.  The August figures, just published, show an increase of 132,500, year-on-year, an increase of 3.6%.  With long haul carriers Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines due to start operations in the coming months and the possibly of Hong Kong Airlines arriving next March (see in this issue) the mid-term outlook for the airport looks promising.

Average load factors rose 1.4 percentage points to 88.4% this month compared to the same month last year – resulting in Gatwick's highest ever average load factors.  The school summer holidays saw year-on-year growth with around half a million passengers travelling through Gatwick over the August bank holiday weekend.  The most popular destinations being Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Dalaman.  Overall capacity was up by 86,000 seats with growth to a wide range of Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Canadian destinations.  Air transport movements grew 2.1% with short haul markets seeing the greatest gains.

August was also a good month for BAA’s Glasgow Airport.  A strong demand for long haul and EU scheduled flights ensured passenger numbers rose by 5.5% over the same month last year. www.gatwickairport.com www.baa.com   

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