24 NOVEMBER 2014


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Article from BTNews 24 NOVEMBER 2014

Gatwick’s amazing load factor

The load factor per departing aircraft at London’s Gatwick airport has increased to an amazing 86.1% over the last six months.  However this should not be compared with Heathrow (around 78%) as the Sussex airport is dominated by low-cost carriers with smaller aircraft (average load 155 passengers) rather than London’s main hub with 169 people per plane.

Gatwick has seen the busiest six months in the airport’s history with 22.5m passengers, an increase of 8%.  The period included one day of 906 air traffic movements in August – a world record for a single-runway airport achieved by increased operational efficiency.

Growth across a broad range of travel markets with long haul traffic, European business routes and emerging markets combining to fuel a record-breaking year.  Several airlines have increased frequencies on European routes and introduced new destinations, underlining that Europe will continue to be the most dominant market for London airports.  With a strong growth in business travel (1 in 5 passengers) the airport now serves 46 of the top 50 EU business destinations. 

Major improvements to North and South Terminal facilities have contributed to a 4.5% increase in income per passenger to £3.71.  The railway station has been improved with a further platform and a smoother integration of the actual train operations.   www.gatwickairport.com

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