Passenger numbers seen as reason to expand Gatwick

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Johnson Photography/ SUS-140606-145023001
Photographs courtesy of Stephen Johnson Photography/ SUS-140606-145023001

Record passenger numbers in the past year have been cited as a reason for Gatwick Airport to be chosen for expansion.

Figures released by London Gatwick last week showed that, in the year ending March 2014, 35.9million people travelled from the airport which registered an annual profit of £57.5million.

Chief executive officer Stewart Wingate said the figures demonstrated how Gatwick was “successfully competing in the London market and why we are best-placed to deliver the UK’s next new runway”.

The increase in passenger numbers represents a 4.8 per cent increase on the previous year while financial turnover was up 10.2 per cent to £593.7million.

Expansion at Gatwick has been largely supported by Crawley’s business community and the figures for the past year showed one in five of the passengers travelling from the airport were doing so on business.

Mr Wingate added: “A two runway Gatwick would provide London and the UK with two world class airports and enable businesses to thrive and the economy to grow.

“It is, without a doubt, the obvious solution to creating the best future outcome for airlines, passengers and UK Plc, enabling more people to fly each year to the widest range of short and long haul destinations on more competitively priced fares.”

The airport will find out in the summer of 2015 whether it has been chosen for expansion.