Gatwick reports summer passenger increase

Gatwick airport has reported a surge in summer passenger totals.

August 2013

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Gatwick airport has reported a surge in summer passenger totals.

According to a Guardian report published at the weekend, the West Sussex gateway saw more than 3.8 million travellers pass through its doors last month, marking a 5.5 per cent rise on the same month in 2012. On average, flights arriving and departing from the airport were on average 88.1 per cent full, making the highest ever figure seen during the month of July.

Among specific routes, traffic to the Channel Islands saw year-on-year growth of 2.2 per cent, whilst 9.1 per cent more passengers flew between Gatwick to and mainland Europe compared to last July.

Conversely, North Atlantic flights saw a 10.7 per cent decline, whilst traffic to Ireland decreased by about 3.5 per cent, according to the facility’s official figures.

The news comes just after Gatwick’s North Terminal was evacuated on Friday after a coach caught fire just outside the building. The blaze was quickly extinguished; delays were minimal and no one was injured in the incident.

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