Gatwick’s cargo tonnage soars in busiest ever October


  • 3.9m passengers travelled through Gatwick in the airport’s busiest ever October – up 1.4% with long-haul traffic +13.3%
  • Cargo tonnage soars +32.1% on last year
  • Gatwick wins Airport of the Year (National Transport Awards) and UK’s Best Airport (Airport Operators Association Awards)

London Gatwick achieved its busiest ever October as 3.9 million passengers travelled through the airport during last month. Long-haul traffic continues its booming growth +13.3% in the month.

This long-haul growth drove soaring cargo tonnage +32.1% on October 2016. This cargo rise is the result of Gatwick’s continually increasing global connectivity with 22 new long-haul routes added in the last 12 months including Cape Town, Kigali, Singapore, Hong Kong, Chicago, Austin, Denver and Seattle.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong is performing strongly, +44%, as passengers utilise the daily connection offered from Gatwick. Other popular destinations included New York +46.5%, Los Angeles +44.5% and Vancouver +22.2%.

Regional connectivity continued to perform strongly from Gatwick in October with Inverness +11.0%, Edinburgh +7.3%, Isle of Man +7.1% and Newquay +5.9%.

Alongside this traffic growth, the passenger experience provided by Gatwick has scooped a string of top accolades this month, including Airport of the Year (National Transport Awards) and UK’s Best Airport (Airport Operators Association Awards).

Passenger growth at Gatwick in October was affected by Monarch ceasing trading. Monarch carried 4.5% of the airport’s flights which is an average of 285 flights per week. Prior to Monarch entering into administration, Gatwick’s passenger growth was +7.1%, as a monthly average this year.

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said:

“Gatwick was this month named the UK’s Best Airport by the Airport Operators Association and Airport of the Year at the National Transport Awards which serve as the most recent acknowledgement of our market-leading success and also reward the commitment and hard work of our staff and partners right across the airport.

“October’s soaring cargo growth is the latest by-product of Gatwick’s ever increasing long-haul network, providing passengers with more choice of connections globally.

“We’re on the verge of serving 46 million passengers this year, up from 31 million in 2010. That’s a 50% increase in total passenger numbers in just 7 years.

“Alongside this passenger growth we’ve also invested to improve experience at the airport, reducing queuing times, adding more choice in retail, improving our on-time performance and achieving record-levels of passenger satisfaction. Improvements all recognised in Gatwick’s recent award wins.

“Passengers are voting with their feet to choose Gatwick – all we need now is a way to satisfy their growing demand.”






  Moving Annual Total
Growth Nov-16 Nov-15 Growth
Oct-17 Oct-16 (%)   Oct-17 Oct-16 (%)
Total terminal passengers (000s) 3,936.6 3,883.4 1.4% 45,454.6 42,688.1 6.5%
Market Analysis:
UK + Channel Islands 366.4 349.3 4.9% 4,133.2 3,791.0 9.0%
Ireland 137.7 139.6 (1.4)% 1,686.0 1,573.1 7.2%
European scheduled 2,522.4 2,525.3 (0.1)% 29,340.9 28,076.5 4.5%
European charter 268.6 302.8 (11.3)% 3,073.0 2,999.8 2.4%
North Atlantic 322.8 270.9 19.2% 3,150.9 2,571.4 22.5%
Other long haul 318.8 295.5 7.9% 4,070.6 3,676.3 10.7%
Air transport movements 25,107 25,421 (1.2)% 286,387 278,183 2.9%
Cargo (metric tonnes) 10,316 7,807 32.1% 92,495 76,247 21.3%
Airport departure lounge with passenger plane being loaded.

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