Gatwick Airport sees passenger numbers grow to 32.8 million

12 April 2006
Gatwick Airport sees passenger numbers grow to 32.8 million

Gatwick Airport has had its best year on record with passenger numbers up 2.6% from last year to a total of 32.8 million travellers.

An overall increase in air travel, both in and out of the country, of 2% in the past financial year has seen 144.6 million passengers travelling through all of BAA's UK airports.

A small reduction of 1.3% in passenger numbers occurred during March 2006 (compared with March last year) but this is blamed on a late Easter.

Heathrow Airport said that the 7 July terrorist bombings, the Gate Gourmet dispute last summer and high oil prices all contributed to a 0.3% fall in passenger numbers.

Scottish airports have seen large increases in passengers with Edinburgh up 2.4%, Glasgow up 5.6% and Aberdeen up 9.5%.

Domestic and European scheduled flights increased slightly (1.3% and 3.4% respectively) while European charters were 10.2% lower.

Flight traffic across the North Atlantic remains unchanged, while other long haul routes have seen a 7.3%. increase in passenger numbers.

By Alix Young

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