Gatwick achieves 21st consecutive month of growth in November
- More than 2.4 million passengers flew through Gatwick in November – an increase of 5.8 % – fuelled by long haul traffic, European business routes and emerging markets
• Greater runway efficiency helps Gatwick to achieve an extra 168 flights this November
• Gatwick CFO: “Gatwick is the only airport that can demonstrate both a clear need for more capacity and a clear plan for a new runway that can actually be delivered.”
November 2014 traffic performance summary
Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights
Gatwick achieved its 21st successive month of growth in November, with more than 2.4 million passengers flying through the airport. This was 5.8% up on last year, representing an additional 135,000 passengers, and Gatwick’s busiest ever November.Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights
Long haul continues to play a key role in Gatwick’s growth with an increase of 9.9% – thanks mainly to Norwegian Air’s low-cost flights to New York and Los Angeles. Other long haul growth saw travel to Dubai up 9.2% as passengers take advantage of the thrice-daily offering with Emirates.
Gatwick’s ability to provide routes to emerging markets continues to be an area of growth with Turkey seeing 63,000 extra passengers. Long haul leisure destinations also proved popular with Orlando seeing an increase of 10.6% in passenger numbers.
European travel continues to perform strongly with an increase of 113,000 passengers in November. Gatwick now serves 46 of the 50 top business destinations in Europe with Copenhagen, Paris and Brussels the fastest growing European destinations from Gatwick in November.
Gatwick’s growth comes as the airport has been officially accredited for ‘Airport Collaborative Decision Making’ (ACDM) – a process which allows Gatwick and third parties to share data allowing aircraft to turn around and take off quicker and more efficiently.
Gatwick’s accreditation for ACDM-55* means that the airport can operate 55 runway movements an hour – through November alone, ACDM-55 helped contribute to Gatwick achieving 168 extra flights compared to the same period last year. The accreditation also means that Gatwick is now the largest single runway networked CDM** airport in the world.
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “Twenty-one months of growth across a range of airlines and destinations is another telling reminder of the benefits of greater competition between London airports. Being accredited for our efforts to create a more efficient runway is also a significant milestone for Gatwick.
“But greater competition and efficiency can only take us so far and with Gatwick already unable to meet demand across much of the year, we are fast approaching full capacity.
“Gatwick is the only airport that presents both a clear need for more capacity and a clear plan for a new runway that can actually be delivered. As we approach a crucial year in the expansion debate, Gatwick remains the obvious and only deliverable solution to meet the UK’s needs.”
Five separate polls show support for new runway at Gatwick
- New polls show support for Gatwick by Londoners, Gatwick residents, Heathrow residents, UK small businesses and London councillors
- London councillors say Gatwick is best choice in eight out of nine categories
Five separate YouGov polls published today all show support for building a new runway at Gatwick over Heathrow.
The polls include surveys of Londoners, Gatwick residents, Heathrow residents, UK small businesses and the first ever poll of London’s councillors on the runway issue.
When given a straight choice of where to build a new runway, more than half (51%) of London’s councillors chose Gatwick, with only 37% selecting Heathrow.
The 235 councillors surveyed were also asked which airport they thought would be the best choice for expansion in relation to nine separate categories, and Gatwick scored significantly higher in eight:
Heathrow was seen as best for economic benefits to the whole of the UK
In the other four polls of Londoners, Gatwick residents, Heathrow residents and UK small businesses, when given a straight choice of where to build a new runway, all groups -– all supported the expansion of Gatwick over Heathrow.Heathrow was seen as best for economic benefits to the whole of the UK.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO said:
“Today’s polling results show how the public, local politicians that represent them and small businesses up and down the country, all think Gatwick should be expanded.
“The results also demonstrate the increasing momentum and support behind Gatwick’s campaign in the last twelve months and the increasing recognition that a new runway at Gatwick can actually be delivered.
“Build a new runway at Gatwick and the UK gets the economic boost it needs at a fraction of the environmental impact of Heathrow today without huge risk to the public purse.”
Gatwick train station to be transformed with £120 million upgrade
Gatwick Airport train station is to get a major upgrade, the Government announced today, with a £120.5 million redesign transforming the station and passenger experience.
Work is scheduled to start in 2017 and complete in 2020 and passengers will experience a seamless transition between the airport and the new station. Improvements and new features include:
- A doubling in size of the concourse area to reduce congestion and improve the passenger experience
- More escalators and lifts to improve access to all platforms
- Intuitive passenger flow and clear concise information
An image of how the new station will look can be seen here.
Under the heads of terms agreement signed by both Gatwick and Government, Gatwick will contribute £30m and Network Rail a further £30m toward the deal, which is still subject to further detailed commercial negotiations.
The improvements will see the rail station comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers using the single runway airport, with demand at the station set to increase by 5 million to 20 million rail passengers a year by 2025.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer said:
“This agreement is a great example of the private sector and government working together in partnership to deliver a game changing and affordable project for the future. This new station builds on the ongoing transformation of Gatwick Airport and will deliver a first-class gateway for visitors, air passengers and the 1 million rail commuters who use Gatwick station every year.”
This major station upgrade will be delivered alongside a significant increase in capacity on rail services through Gatwick, between Brighton and London, as a result of committed and planned enhancements. These will improve resilience and the quality of rail service through Gatwick, including:
- New Gatwick Express trains by 2016 and new Thameslink trains by 2018
- Connections to Crossrail at Farringdon in 2019
- New twice hourly direct connections to Peterborough and Cambridge
- A train to central London every 2.5 minutes by 2025
- Quicker journey times to the West End and City, than from Heathrow
- 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick
Gatwick publishes open letter to the Airports Commission on Back Heathrow campaign group
Following recent media reports looking at the funding and activities of the Back Heathrow campaign group, Gatwick Airport has today published an open letter to the Airports Commission from Gatwick Chairman Sir Roy McNulty. The full text of the letter is copied below:
Dear Sir Howard,
I am writing to register Gatwick Airport’s concern about the Back Heathrow campaign group following the coverage in the Sunday Times this weekend. It seems clear from the report that Back Heathrow wears the mask of a community group when they are simply a campaign arm of Heathrow, set up and funded by the airport.
As you have made clear in all your reports to date, airport expansion is an issue that provokes strong feelings nationally but particularly locally. There are many positive local benefits such as jobs but also adverse environmental impacts such as noise and air quality. The balance between these issues will no doubt form an important part of the AC’s final decision and local support will clearly be an important consideration.
A cursory glance at Back Heathrow’s recent surveys of local opinion show how they have been able to generate support essentially by scaremongering and, for example, setting up the entirely false choice between expansion and closure. Their current questionnaire – sent to 750,000 households – is similarly leading with a straight choice question on whether Heathrow should grow or become smaller for example. Clearly, if Gatwick expands, Heathrow would remain at least the same size as it is today and continue to thrive as part of a competitive network of London airports.
I believe that the Commission, and everybody else, should view the statements and outputs from the Back Heathrow campaign with strong scepticism. Given the public interest, I am copying this letter to Sir Nigel Rudd, Chairman of Heathrow, and releasing this letter to the media.
Sir Roy McNulty
Chairman, Gatwick Airport
Gatwick celebrates 5th birthday under independent ownership with £1billion investment plan
- 6 million more passengers in 5 years through greater competition and investment
- Further £1billion plan outlined to continue airport’s transformation
- Gatwick CEO: “It’s been an incredible five years and this is just the start”
Gatwick Airport this week celebrates its 5th birthday under independent ownership and has outlined a £1billion investment plan that will further transform the airport in the coming years.
The break-up of the BAA monopoly saw Gatwick enter private ownership in 2009 allowing it to compete head-on for the first time with Heathrow, Stansted and other major European airports for airlines and passengers. Private ownership also kick-started huge investment to drive improvements throughout the airport. Through greater competition and major investment Gatwick has attracted 6 million more passengers in the last 5 years, flying to more destinations than any other UK airport.
As the airport celebrates its 5th birthday, Gatwick has today outlined a further £1 billion investment programme that will continue the transformation of the airport including:
THE CREATION OF TWO WORLD-CLASS TERMINALS
- Previous investment has allowed Gatwick’s South Terminal to become one of the best in Europe
- The next £1billion of investment will match these improvements in a completely transformed North Terminal, ensuring Gatwick has two world-class terminals to offer passengers
- Gatwick is expected to reach nearly 41 million passengers within the next three years, with North Terminal accommodating the majority of traffic growth – the enhanced facilities and increased floor space in North Terminal are crucial as Gatwick grows towards full capacity
A WORLD-BEATING NEW CHECK-IN AREA
- £36m investment to create a brand-new North Terminal check-in area including the world’s largest self-service bag drop zone, with up to 60 bag drop units virtually eliminating queues
- Passengers will benefit from quicker check-in times and an improved departures experience
- The area will open in two phases between late 2015 and early 2016 – a better layout and more space will increase peak check-in capacity from 3,000 to 4,350 passengers per hour
NEXT-GENERATION SECURITY FACILITIES
- £30m invested to create a world-leading new security area opening in North Terminal in 2016
- Passenger transaction times will be halved giving Gatwick the ability to process 5,000 passengers per hour
- New features such as reconfigured lanes and floor wayfinding were tested in Gatwick’s “Generation 2” trials resulting in double the throughput of passengers & best-ever service scores
A BIGGER DEPARTURES AREA & REVAMPED RETAIL SPACE
- £21m invested to create a world-class new departure lounge in North Terminal – more space will make room for future growth while more retail and restaurant space will offer more choice
- 30,000 square feet of new retail space – the equivalent to 10 tennis courts – will be created in total throughout North Terminal. This includes a new World Duty Free opening in 2017 to match South Terminal which was the world’s largest World Duty Free store when it opened in 2012
A TRANSFORMED ARRIVALS AREA
- £10m invested to fully refurbish the North Terminals arrival area due to open in summer 2015
- The relocation of existing shops and facilities will create a more spacious concourse, improving the travel experience through Gatwick and offering passengers a better choice of retail
FURTHER MAJOR INVESTMENT TO DRIVE PASSENGER IMPROVEMENTS
- £10m to upgrade the North Terminal border zone – more space, new technologies and 15 state-of-the-art new e-gates will help lead to shorter queues for passengers
- £250m to maintain and replace facilities including lifts, escalators and technology infrastructure
- £80m to reconfigure the Pier 5 facility and £185m to construct a state-of-the-art new Pier 1, offering new aircraft stands, gate rooms, new lounge facilities, and storage for 2,600 bags
Stewart Wingate, London Gatwick CEO, said: “It’s been an incredible five years and this is just the start. Gatwick is changing for the better and the fresh £1billion investment outlined today is a clear signal that we intend to become London’s airport of choice.
“Gatwick’s success shows what can be achieved when competition is allowed to thrive, helping standards rise and fares fall. It is a timely reminder ahead of next year’s airport expansion decision, when the UK must choose whether to build on the success of greater competition and a more open industry, or take a backwards step towards the monopolies of the past.
“Today marks a very happy birthday for Gatwick and with our £1billion investment to roll out over the next few years it’s an exciting time for both the airport and our passengers. We can’t wait to get to work.”
HOW GATWICK HAS TRANSFORMED IN 5 YEARS OF NEW OWNERSHIP:
The benefits of greater competition and the huge improvements made have allowed Gatwick to become an award-winning airport during five years of new ownership, with Gatwick named ‘Airport of the Year’ in 2013. Five years of transformation have seen:
RECORD-BREAKING PASSENGER GROWTH & THE WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT RUNWAY
- Since 2009, total passenger numbers have grown by over six million in five years – today 38.6 million people choose Gatwick
- The airport is currently on the wave of 20 successive months of growth. The last 6 months were the busiest in Gatwick’s history & the airport is now a few years from hitting full capacity
- Investment in greater efficiency and Gatwick’s Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM 55) mean Gatwick is the busiest single runway airport in the world
- Greater efficiency helped deliver a world-record 906 air traffic movements in August 2014
HUGE INVESTMENT IN MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS
- Under Gatwick’s new ownership, over £1billion invested since 2009 – £15-20million per month
- In 2011 a North Terminal extension provided better facilities in departures, arrivals & check-in, while in 2009 an extended South Terminal departure lounge created more space & retail choice
- Other major construction projects include resurfacing the main runway, refreshing the forecourts of both terminals and improving security facilities
NEW DESTINATIONS, NEW AIRLINES AND NEW AIRCRAFT
- New airlines at Gatwick are serving emerging markets, something unheard of under the BAA monopoly – there are now services to emerging markets in Turkey, Russia, Vietnam & Indonesia
- Gatwick’s growth has also been fuelled by new European business routes; continued long-haul growth including the Middle East; and game-changing new low-cost services to New York & LA
- Gatwick now has regular A380 and Boeing Dreamliner services operating from the airport
- 1 in 5 passengers are on business – Gatwick serves 46 of Europe’s top 50 business destinations
QUICKER, BETTER AND MORE ARTY PASSENGER EXPERIENCES!
- Check-in times are faster & more efficient. 96% of passengers are now processed through security within 5 mins with dedicated lanes for families & passengers with reduced mobility
- Gatwick has embarked on a series of art installations through the airport promoting Britain and British artists, including Sir Peter Blake and ‘The People’s Monarch’ project depicting the Queen
- A new shuttle offering a fast, comfortable journey between North and South Terminals
- Gatwick is now the UK’s best-connected airport with a 7th rail platform opening in 2013 and 44% of passengers arriving by public transport – the best of any UK airport
AIRPORT FIRSTS IN RETAIL AND RESTAURANT CHOICE
- Better retail facilities have improved passenger choice. Nearly 40 new stores have been added including British brands such as Joules, Snow + Rock and Aspinal of London – all airport firsts
- More than 15 restaurants have opened in the past 4 years including an airport first with the Jamie Oliver range of Jamie’s Italian, Jamie’s Bakery, Union Jacks Bar & Jamie’s Coffee lounge
- These have been joined by the airport-first of Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanais and in 2014 Nando’s opened its first European airport restaurant in response to passenger feedback
Gatwick and Croydon Council launch partnership to help ensure residents see benefits of airport expansion
Gatwick Airport and Croydon Council will today sign an agreement to work together to help local residents fully realise the economic growth and regeneration opportunities that an expanded Gatwick would bring.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed today by Croydon Council’s Leader Cllr Tony Newman and Gatwick’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, at the Develop Croydon conference, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
The partnership focusses on four key areas:
- Education, training and recruitment: Expansion at Gatwick will create 22,000 new airport related jobs– and 14,000 catalytic jobs in the south London corridor beyond the airport, with Croydon at the centre. The MOU states that Gatwick will work with Croydon Council, local schools, colleges and employment programmes to make sure these jobs are available to all of Croydon’s communities. If it built a second runway, Gatwick would also introduce a £3.75 million apprenticeship fund, including grants of £1500 to cover the start-up costs of each new apprenticeship. Gatwick will work with Croydon Council to help local residents access the scheme.
- Procurement and supply chains: The buying power of Gatwick now and in the future is significant and the MOU says that both partners will identify multiple routes for Croydon-based businesses to become part of the Gatwick supply chain. In 2013/14 – 43% of Gatwick’s annual spend on goods and services was with local suppliers – equating to £64m.
- Housing: Gatwick has pledged £46.5 million in a scheme to provide local authorities with £5,000 per new house built to help fund local infrastructure improvements. The airport will work with Croydon Council to support the delivery of these new homes.
- Transport: As Croydon grows, demand on the transport network will also increase and both parties will jointly promote the need for significant investment in the growth corridor linking Brighton to London, through Croydon and Gatwick.
Gatwick has also written to all Croydon Councillors, explaining how an expanded Gatwick would help deliver Croydon’s ambitions to become a modern European city. The letter says that a new runway at Gatwick would encourage long term confidence and investment and would be the catalyst Croydon needs to become the new regeneration centre of the capital.
In September, a YouGov poll of 7 local communities around Gatwick showed that residents of Croydon are the most supportive of Gatwick expansion (58%) when given a straight choice of building a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow. The average level of support across all areas was 52% in favour of expanding Gatwick, with 36% choosing Heathrow. Only 27% of Croydon residents supported expanding Heathrow.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: “Croydon is well-placed to take advantage of Gatwick expansion – benefitting from jobs, skills, apprenticeships and resources for infrastructure. The agreement we’ve signed today will help ensure that Croydon’s residents can realise these benefits to the full.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: “London’s new growth corridor starts in Croydon and runs through Gatwick to Brighton.
“Croydon is on the brink of Olympic-scale transformation, and just 15 minutes away by train, Gatwick can make a really important contribution to the regeneration and investment already underway in our borough.
“A second runway would bring huge benefits to our residents and businesses, as well as the wider region. It would create thousands of new jobs, boost businesses including Croydon’s growing tech city, and see further investment in the transport network.”
Gatwick Airport Ltd results for the six months ended 30th September 2014
London Gatwick delivers mid-year results in line with expectations as a record-breaking year of performance and growth underlines the airport’s expansion credentials.
- Turnover up 8.6% to £391.6 million. Combined with carefully controlled cost management, this resulted in EBITDA up 12.7% to £221.6 million and a profit before tax of £122.4 million.
- Gatwick has seen the busiest six months in the airport’s history with 22.5 million passengers, an increase of 8.0% or 1.7 million passengers
- 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
- Gatwick’s growth is a combination of more planes, bigger planes and fuller planes – load factors have increased to 86.1%
- 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
- A series of new European business routes have been added including Strasbourg, Brussels and Paris
- Strong growth in business travel – 1 in 5 passengers are now travelling on business and Gatwick now serves 46 of the top 50 EU business destinations.
- Norwegian’s ground-breaking new low cost services to USA have been a catalyst for long haul growth, contributing to a 4.8% increase on North American routes
- Other key areas of long haul growth include the Middle East with increased capacity on existing routes such as Dubai and new services to Israel
- New and existing routes to emerging markets have also fed into overall long-haul growth including Vietnam, Turkey, Russia and Indonesia
- Lighter regulation endorsed by the CAA is now in place using Gatwick’s industry-leading ‘Commitments and Contracts’ framework – this has allowed Gatwick to enter into commercial bilateral agreements with all of its major airlines
- Gatwick’s £1 billion investment programme continues with £90.5 million pounds invested over the last 6 months.
- Major improvements to North and South Terminal departure lounges and retail facilities have contributed to a 4.5% increase in income per passenger to £3.71.
1 Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick’s record-breaking year is testament to the significant investment made in improving the airport for passengers, and the benefits of greater competition in the London market.
“Nearly five years of independent ownership have seen growth of five million more passengers and we are attracting new routes across the board – from low cost carriers and European business travel, to long haul providers and emerging markets.
“There is huge momentum behind the airport, both in passenger growth and the increasing recognition that Gatwick is the most credible, deliverable choice for the UK’s next runway. But time is not on our side. Gatwick’s success and continued rate of growth means we are now unable to meet demand across much of the year and are just a few years away from hitting full capacity, ahead of earlier forecasts.
“The capacity crunch facing Gatwick underlines the urgent need for a new runway. This time next year we will know which airport is chosen for expansion. Gatwick offers the compelling, credible option of a new runway that can actually be built, compared to an undeliverable Heathrow scheme and the threat of another report on airport expansion simply sitting on the shelf.”
Gatwick’s busiest ever October fuelled by broad range of growth
- More than 3.3 million passengers flew through Gatwick in October – up 7.8% on the prior year – marking twenty successive months of growth
- Long-haul traffic, European business routes and emerging markets combine to continue Gatwick’s record-breaking year
- Gatwick CFO: “These figures are a timely reminder that only an expanded Gatwick would support growth across the broadest range of airline models”
October 2014 traffic performance summary
Gatwick achieved its twentieth successive month of growth in October, with more than 3.3 million passengers flying through the airport. This was 7.8% up on last year, representing an additional 241,000 passengers, and Gatwick’s busiest ever October.
Long haul continued to be the highest growth sector with new routes to New York and Los Angeles helping boost North Atlantic traffic to a 17.5% increase in October. Other Long Haul travel was up 11.3% with Dubai among the top performers, seeing an 8.2% growth.
Routes to emerging markets also increased with Vietnam up 12.3% and Garuda Indonesia’s new Jakarta services continuing to grow. New easyJet routes to Israel further added to Gatwick’s strong long-haul growth.
A record 21.7% of Gatwick passengers flew on business travel during October. New and existing business routes helped boost European scheduled traffic, which rose by 9.9% or 179,000 passengers. With one in five Gatwick passengers now travelling for business, new easyJet services to Paris, Strasbourg and Brussels have all seen strong growth.
The growing number of business passengers follows new research by Gatwick which identified a new wave of “Suited Savers” – discerning business travellers who favour value for money and fast, efficient travel, with an increasing interest in the emerging low-cost long-haul market. The research backs previous YouGov polling which found that Gatwick is the favoured expansion option for small business leaders in the UK.
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “Another record-breaking month for Gatwick further underlines the benefits of competition in the London market. We are continuing to see growth across a wide range of travel and airline models, from low cost carriers and European business travel, to long haul providers and emerging markets.
“With the airports expansion debate entering a crucial phase, these figures are a timely reminder that only an expanded Gatwick would support growth across the broadest range of airline models.
“With more flights to more markets, greater competition and lower fares, Gatwick is the obvious solution if we want all passengers and all types of travel to benefit from expansion.”
Londoners say environment is key to airport expansion debate, as new report highlights Heathrow’s noise impact
- New poll shows environmental impact as important as economic benefits of a new runway
- Londoners continue to choose Gatwick over Heathrow for expansion
- Research shows 487 schools would be affected by Heathrow expansion – more than 10 times number affected by two runway Gatwick
As the Airports Commission prepares to launch its public consultation on airport expansion, a new YouGov poll has revealed that a majority of Londoners say the impact on the local environment is as important as the economic benefits a new runway would bring.
More than half of Londoners (55%) polled said that aircraft noise and fumes are among the most important factors to consider when choosing which airport to expand, equivalent to the number (56%) who said economic benefits were important.
The results highlight the careful balance between economic benefit and environmental impact that any decision over airport expansion must strike.
An expanded Gatwick would generate £90 billion of economic benefit at an environmental cost that can be afforded, because:
- Gatwick has never breached UK or EU air quality guidelines because it is located in a largely rural, sparsely populated area, and also has one of the cleanest aircraft fleets in Europe. This means Gatwick would still operate within legal air quality limits with a second runway
- The number of people most impacted by noise at Gatwick with a second runway would be just 5 per cent (37,000) of the people affected at Heathrow today (725,000) – an airport that impacts more people than all major European airports combined
The results come as Gatwick publishes a new report on the noise impacts a third runway at Heathrow would have on schools, hospitals and places of worship across London and the South East. Gatwick commissioned the report to assess the noise impact of Heathrow’s third runway plans compared to Gatwick’s own proposal for a second runway.
The report outlines that:
- By 2040, a total of 819 schools, hospitals and places of worship would be adversely affected by noise if Heathrow were to expand – nearly double the 421 affected today
- Noise from Heathrow already affects 261 schools – a Heathrow third runway would nearly double the number affected to 487 schools by 2040
- Gatwick’s separate analysis submitted to the Airports Commission has already concluded that if a second runway were built at Gatwick, noise would affect 33 schools in the local area by 2040 – ten times fewer than Heathrow’s expansion plans
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said:
“Our expansion plans strike the right balance between delivering the extra airport capacity the UK needs, while taking the right steps to protect the environment.
“We have always recognised that expansion should not come at an unacceptable cost to the environment. We have an industry-leading environmental record and, unlike Heathrow, have met air quality standards for more than a decade.
“We would still operate within these standards with a second runway and we would also pay £1,000 annually to residents most affected by noise, something Heathrow cannot begin to do because so many people live under its flight path.
“An expanded Gatwick would deliver more competition, more flights and lower fares at an environmental cost the UK can afford.”
The YouGov poll also shows that nearly half of Londoners (46%) continue to think Gatwick should be expanded when given a straight choice between airports, compared to 37% who selected Heathrow.
More than half of Londoners (53%) also said that disruption to the M25 was an important issue to them – the motorway would be tunnelled under if Heathrow built a new runway.
Similarly, more than half (52%) said that congestion charging airport was an important issue.
If it built a new runway, it is predicted that Heathrow could only begin to meet air quality standards if there was no more airport-related road traffic than there is today. This is why Heathrow has been forced into proposing a pollution-limiting congestion charge which could see people paying £40 just to drop friends and family off at the airport.
London Gatwick uncovers new wave of ‘Suited Savers’
- Survey reveals rise in smart business flyers booking no-nonsense economy alternatives
- Over half of business passengers are now willing to consider low-cost long haul options
- Economy flights are soaring in popularity, with two thirds of business travellers choosing them for short haul and over a third for long haul
- New low-cost fares are making global business trips more feasible for UK firms
London Gatwick has revealed a new type of discerning business traveller – dubbed the ‘Suited Savers’ – who favour value for money and fast, efficient travel over anything else.
While the trend for flying low cost on short haul flights has been booming in recent years, a new survey has revealed 57 per cent of business travellers would also consider booking low-cost long haul tickets if the alternative was available on their route.
Two thirds of business flyers are already choosing to do this on short haul flights (67 per cent), while 40 per cent are opting for economy options for long haul where possible. At Gatwick, the popularity of new low-cost routes to New York and Los Angeles with Norwegian Air, has seen the airline announce it is to double services on these routes from May 2015.
The growing number of low-cost ticket options for business travellers make trips across the globe more affordable than ever, with almost one in five (18 per cent) people now willing to fly long haul for just a two hour meeting. A third of business travellers now jet across the world for face-to-face meetings that make it easier to build strong, long-term relationships and get deals done.
Gatwick teamed up with Traveller Insight and Business Traveller magazine to survey businessmen and women across the UK about their flying habits.
The poll revealed that more passengers, (25% of those surveyed), care about faster security than any other aspect of flying. Gatwick has invested £45m in new security facilities since 2011, and the average waiting time for Gatwick passengers is now only two minutes.
Gatwick is also becoming the smart choice for UK business. A recent YouGov poll found small business leaders would prefer to see expansion at Gatwick rather than Heathrow and increasingly focus on the cost of travel. More than half (53 per cent) cited it as the most important consideration when booking a flight, after the destination.
London Gatwick’s new ‘Suited Savers’ research reinforces the findings of TripAdvisor’s 2014 study which found that between April 2014 and April 2015, 72 per cent of business travellers they asked said they had chosen to fly on a low-cost airline.
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “Passengers are increasingly voting for the kind of choice and competition that only Gatwick can deliver.
“This research highlights the emergence of a new kind of business flyer – travellers who put value for money, speed and convenience at the heart of their travel plans. The remarkable growth of low cost carriers, and their moves into the long-haul market, reinforce this view.
“One in five of Gatwick’s passengers is now travelling on business, and our future success in the business travel market will be built on our ability to offer a short journey time from the office to the plane, with new, modern facilities that work every step of the way. That is what we are delivering today.
“Gatwick represents the future of air travel and we are increasingly well positioned to provide the connectivity and service that supports the UK’s existing and emerging growth markets. Building a second runway at Gatwick is the best and right choice for passengers and for British business, the environment and the economy.”
Gatwick welcomes funding deal for Cornwall to London air link
Responding to today’s Department for Transport announcement about a 4 year funding deal for flights between Newquay and London Gatwick, a Gatwick Airport spokesperson said:
“We welcome news that this crucial route has been secured and look forward to supporting Flybe’s operation.
“Britain’s economy is driven by the four corners of the UK so we are delighted to offer the South West a vital connection to London and other key international destinations.”
Gatwick has never breached UK and EU air quality targets
- Airfield energy use cut by 50%
- Airport aims to be carbon neutral by 2040
- Two runway Gatwick will still meet EU and UK air quality targets
Gatwick Airport has never breached EU and UK annual air quality limits, according to a new environmental report and has today committed to maintaining this 100% air quality record if it built a second runway.
The ‘Decade of Change’ report tracks progress on all of Gatwick’s sustainability targets and states that Gatwick has never exceeded the Government’s annual nitrogen dioxide target since an independent air quality management area was established locally in 2002*.
Gatwick can operate well within UK and EU air quality guidelines because the airport is located in a largely rural, sparsely populated area, and also has one of the cleanest aircraft fleets in Europe. This means Gatwick would still operate within legal air quality limits with an increase in aircraft from a second runway – something the airport has today committed to achieving.
The report outlines how the airport aims to grow sustainably through responsible environmental management and includes progress on other environmental targets including climate change emissions, water use and public transport take-up.
It shows that Gatwick has reduced carbon emissions by 20940 tonnes – the equivalent of more than 37 fully-laden Airbus A380s – since the Decade of Change began in 2010. The airport aims to be carbon-neutral by 2040. The reduction has been achieved by reducing electricity use, including by being the first airport in the world to replace the airport’s runway and taxiway lights with LEDs – cutting energy use on the airfield by 50%. Gatwick also employs single engine taxiing to reduce fuel burn and emissions.
In 2013, Gatwick also:
- Cut energy use by 3.7%
- Reduced water use by 2.4%
- Achieved 42.9% of passengers travelling by public transport
Unlike Gatwick, Heathrow regularly breaches legal air quality standards today and sits between three major motorways in one of the world’s most densely populated metropolitan areas and. If it built a new runway, Heathrow could only begin to meet air quality standards if there was no more airport-related road traffic than there is today – hence their proposal to introduce a pollution limiting congestion charge. It is estimated that this could be as much as £40 per trip to the airport.
Gatwick sees no need to introduce a congestion charge on local roads around the airport.
Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Gatwick, said: “Gatwick has an industry leading environmental record and unlike Heathrow, has met air quality standards for over a decade. We would still operate within these standards with a second runway and see no need to introduce a congestion charge on local roads around the airport.
“Our expansion plans strike the right balance between delivering the extra airport capacity the UK needs, while taking the right steps to protect the environment.”
Gatwick set to welcome one million passengers this October half term
- Gatwick is forecasting one of its busiest October half terms to date
- Catalan capital Barcelona is revealed as the most popular destination
- Around 509,000 passengers will depart from Gatwick during the week
London Gatwick Airport has released its forecast figures and destinations ahead of one of the busiest breaks in the school calendar. Around one million passengers will fly through Gatwick between Friday 24 October and Sunday 2 November, with more than 509,000 expected to depart.
The data also reveals that Friday October 24 – the first day of the school break – will be the most popular to fly from the airport, with around 64,000 people expected to travel. Passengers are clearly making the most of the half term, with the busiest arrivals period set to be the day before the schools go back. Sunday 2 November will see around 60,000 people return via Gatwick.
More air passengers will fly off to Barcelona this upcoming half-term than anywhere else. The Catalan capital takes the number one crown from last year’s most popular October half-term destination, Dublin. Meanwhile, Tenerife in the Canary Islands is 2014’s third favourite, followed by the Dutch capital Amsterdam in fourth. Orlando, Florida – home to popular family attractions such as Disneyland and Universal Studios – remains a firm favourite this year in fifth place.
Nick Pope, Operations Manager at London Gatwick, said: “This has been a record year for passenger numbers at Gatwick and this October is no exception. Gatwick is ready to welcome more than one million passengers and we’re expecting this October half term to be one of our busiest yet.”
The full Top 10 list of destinations for October 2014 half-term is as follows:
Gatwick’s public transport “best in class” in just five years
Rail services through Gatwick will be “best in class for any UK airport in just five years” said Hugh Sumner – the mastermind behind London 2012’s transport infrastructure – today as transport chiefs meet for Let Britain Fly – the sustainable airport’s summit.
Already best in class for rail connectivity with direct services to 129 destinations, a train will leave Gatwick for central London every 2.5 minutes by 2019 and rail capacity will double by 2020. Gatwick will also boast over 1,000 rail stations within one change, including links to all UK main rail lines, Crossrail and HS2. The transformation is set to start next year when new fleets of high quality trains are introduced on the Gatwick Express and on the new Thameslink services on the Brighton Main line.
Other transformational improvements include:
- Rail capacity set to nearly treble by 2035
- 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick – more than any UK airport
- Quicker journey times to the West End, Canary Wharf and City, than from Heathrow
- New direct connections to Oxford, Peterborough and Cambridge
Unlike Heathrow, which regularly breaches air quality standards, Gatwick operates well within air quality guidelines because the airport is located in a sparsely populated area, and operates one of the cleanest aircraft fleets in Europe. This means Gatwick does not need to introduce a pollution saving congestion charge – a measure Heathrow has been forced into because they need to reduce the number of vehicles and improve air quality at the airport if they expand.
Nearly half (45%) of Gatwick’s customers already use public transport to get to the airport and the transformation to rail services at the airport will help this rise to at least 60% by 2040 with a new runway, comparable with the best globally and better than any major UK airport.
Hugh Sumner, senior transport advisor for London Gatwick, said:
“Rail services through Gatwick will be best in class for any UK airport in just five years, whether a new runway is built or not. Rail capacity will double by 2018 and a train will leave the airport for central London every 2.5 minutes by 2019.
“The improvements to rail services through Gatwick mean that 60% of our customers will be able to use public transport, comparable with the best globally and better than any UK airport. The ease at which these improvements can be delivered adds yet more weight to the obvious case for a new runway at Gatwick.”
Long haul Growth leads to Gatwick’s busiest September
- More than 3.8 million passengers flew through Gatwick in September – up 7.7% on the prior year
- Gatwick achieves its busiest September ever, marking nineteen successive months of growth
- Highest growth area is long haul travel as new US routes perform strongly, alongside links to emerging markets such as Vietnam
|Month||Moving Annual Total|
|Total terminal passengers (000s)||3,830.7||3,556.7||7.7%||37,531.0||35,114.7||6.9%|
|UK + Channel Islands||315.9||335.2||(5.8)%||3,715.2||3,816.0||(2.6)%|
|Other long haul||470.6||418.3||12.5%||5,533.3||4,977.7||11.2%|
|Air transport movements||24,616||23,876||3.1%||255,348||244,015||4.6%|
|Cargo (metric tonnes)||7,170||7,875||(8.9)%||89,451||99,641||(10.2)%|
Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights
Gatwick achieved its nineteenth successive month of growth in September, with more than 3.8 million passengers flying through the airport. This was 7.7% up on last year, representing an additional 274,000 passengers, and Gatwick’s busiest ever September.
Long haul saw the highest growth in September. North Atlantic traffic, which has recently been bolstered with new routes to New York and Los Angeles, increased by 12.6% while travel to Other Long Haul destinations was up 12.5%. This included a 5.6% increase in passengers flying to Vietnam and a 12.4% increase on traffic to Dubai. Gatwick’s links to the east saw an additional boost in September with the launch of Garuda Indonesia’s new Jakarta services.
A key segment of passenger growth at Gatwick continues to be business travel. This was particularly notable in European scheduled traffic, which was 11.6% up – or 234,400 passengers. Growth came from business routes including Paris and Amsterdam, as well as recently introduced routes to Berlin and Warsaw. Gatwick saw an increase of over 250,000 business passengers on the prior year in September, with one in five Gatwick passengers now travelling for business.
In addition, a YouGov poll released in September found that Gatwick is the favoured expansion option for small business leaders in the UK. Four times as many small business leaders (43%) said that expanding Gatwick would be better than a bigger Heathrow for creating a balanced airport system that would deliver more competition and choice between airports.
Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick continues to prove that competition in the London market is working for passengers and airlines. More people than ever are choosing Gatwick over other airports and new short and long haul routes continue to open and prosper. In September, we have seen significant growth on the UK’s only direct route to Vietnam and the start of a new service to Jakarta from Gatwick.
“Building a second runway at Gatwick would enable the benefits of competition to continue to flourish. We must look to the future when it comes to making a decision on where new airport capacity goes and Gatwick is the only airport that can provide the balance between low-cost short haul and long haul growth which can deliver economic benefits to UK PLC from 2025.”
Ebola guidelines at Gatwick
Gatwick spokesperson said:
“Gatwick continues to follow and implement all guidelines set by Public Health England in relation to Ebola. While the risk of contracting Ebola remains low, we will work closely with the Government to support additional screening measures. In addition, our airport medical responders are fully prepared to recognise the symptoms of Ebola and take any necessary action in the event of a suspected case. Passengers should refer to the Foreign Office and Public Health England for the latest advice and guidance.”
Gatwick launches ‘regional roadshows’ to outline why expansion plans will deliver greater connections for UK businesses
Regional visits start as Birmingham Airport backs Gatwick expansion as best option to “support the continued growth of our regions”
- Series of events with British Chambers of Commerce begin today in Cornwall with further events planned throughout England, Scotland and Wales
Gatwick Airport today begins a series of regional roadshows at Chambers of Commerce throughout the UK, outlining why plans for a second runway would offer a bigger economic boost and greater connections for UK businesses.
Over the next six weeks, Gatwick will visit nine Chambers of Commerce throughout England, Scotland and Wales to discuss the airports capacity debate and the key issues for UK businesses. The first event takes place today at the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce in Newquay followed by further events planned for Edinburgh, Sheffield, Hampshire, Inverness, Aberdeen, North-East, Liverpool and South Wales (see full list further below).
The regional visits begin as Birmingham Airport announced its support of a Gatwick second runway because of the benefits it offers to regional growth. Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe commented that “growth at Gatwick will support demand for greater connectivity, improving value for passengers flying from the South East and supporting the continued growth of our regions”.
A second runway at Gatwick is among the options shortlisted by the Airports Commission for the UK’s next runway. Gatwick will use the sessions with regional Chambers of Commerce to outline why its expansion plans would deliver greater benefits and connectivity for UK businesses based on a number of key areas including:
- Gatwick already serves more regional destinations than Heathrow whose domestic services have been progressively cut back
- Gatwick expansion will create capacity for more regional flights, connecting 15 UK airports to Gatwick and supporting incentives and competitive charges for increased regional services
- A second runway at Gatwick will help deliver more domestic passengers to and from London (18 million by 2050) than expansion at Heathrow
- An expanded Gatwick will enhance connectivity from UK regions, giving regional passengers and businesses a genuine choice of two gateway airports in London
- Regional businesses travelling to London would benefit from lower fares through Gatwick expansion, particularly important for the growing low-cost business market
- Expansion at Gatwick will deliver more flights and more worldwide destinations compared to Heathrow – this will provide transfer options for regional passengers to a much wider range of worldwide destinations
- Expanding Gatwick would create greater competition among London airports and help other UK airports continue to compete and grow – expanding Heathrow would simply mean a return to the stale monopoly of the past, reducing choice, increasing fares and threatening the viability of other UK airports
- Gatwick expansion is the most deliverable option – it is a cheaper, faster and simpler scheme that will maximise the UK’s connectivity sooner, at lower cost for users
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “The airports debate is of national significance, affecting not just London but passengers and businesses the length and breadth of the UK. These roadshows are an invaluable chance to outline why expansion at Gatwick is the best choice for the whole of the UK, delivering more benefits and greater connections for British businesses.
“As the business community will know, driving competition is the best way to create more choice, better standards and lower prices. Only expansion at Gatwick could achieve this, creating greater competition among airports in London and the South East and helping other UK airports continue to compete and grow.”
The dates and locations for the events hosted by Gatwick and British Chambers of Commerce are:
- Cornwall Chamber of Commerce (Newquay) – Thursday 2nd October
- Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise – Thursday 9th October
- Liverpool Chamber of Commerce – Thursday 16th October
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (Farnborough) – Wednesday 29th October
- Inverness Chamber of Commerce – Tuesday 4th November
- Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce – Monday 10th November
- North-East Chamber of Commerce (Newcastle) – Tuesday 11th November
- South Wales Chamber of Commerce – Wednesday 19th November
- Sheffield Chamber of Commerce – date to be confirmed
Gatwick representatives will be available for media interviews at each event – please call the Gatwick press office on 01293 505000 to make arrangements.
Gatwick to delay changes to local airspace
Gatwick Airport and NATS will defer submitting any proposals to change local airspace until more detailed work is done to better understand the available options and next steps, it was announced today.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority’s Future Airspace Strategy requires that changes to local airspace are implemented by 2020, so today’s decision is a deferral or an extension of the timeline, not a cancelation of the process altogether.
Gatwick Airport approached NATS with the suggestion to defer any proposals following consultation with GATCOM and NATMAG – the noise and track monitoring advisory group that brings together representatives from the Department of Transport, NATS, airlines, Gatwick Airport and local authorities.
The additional time will allow Gatwick to do as much as possible to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on local residents. Gatwick Airport proposes using the longer timeframe to:
- Reflect further on the feedback received during local consultations
- Undertake detailed analysis work on final route options
- Undertake further work on the possibility to introduce more respite for residents most affected by noise (including between 4000 and 7000 feet).
- Consider how Gatwick can engage better on any new flight change options, including by developing a more detailed programme of engagement through GATCOM
In addition, NATS also agreed to delay implementing any changes to airspace above 4000 feet.
When any changes to airspace operation are eventually identified, Gatwick Airport believes it would be preferable for both Gatwick and NATS to submit their proposed changes to the Civil Aviation Authority for review at the same time, so as to avoid unnecessary confusion in the community or any period of prolonged uncertainty. The local community will also be appropriately engaged on any future proposals to change the use of airspace around Gatwick.
Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Gatwick Airport, said:
“We are taking more time to review the flight change options we have consulted on in order to further consider all the feedback received before making any airspace change proposals. It is clear that airspace change is a sensitive issue for the communities around the airport and we encourage members of the community to engage fully with their GATCOM representative.”
Dr John Godfrey, Chair, GATCOM, said:
“I am pleased that the important role GATCOM has played in ensuring that the serious concerns of communities were addressed by the airport and NATS has been successful. GATCOM provides that vital link between the wider communities around Gatwick and the airport’s management enabling the communities’ voices to be heard. This has resulted in the Committee’s call for detailed consideration of feedback on the London airspace consultation options and the need for further consultation being positively acted upon.”
“GATCOM will continue to ensure that all parties are appropriately engaged and affected communities kept informed of progress and consulted.”
Gatwick’s visionary airport design makes global award shortlist
Gatwick will hear this week if its visionary design for a world class two-runway airport has won a World Architecture Festival award, after it was shortlisted alongside some of the world’s most ambitious infrastructure projects.
Architect Sir Terry Farrell describes his design as a ‘new order’ for UK airports – one to compare with the best in the world. At the launch earlier this year, he said his practice’s Incheon Airport scheme in Seoul, which is widely seen as the world’s best airport, provided an example for how the Gatwick vision can be realised.
The new world class facilities at Gatwick will be built if the airport gets the green light to build a second runway – a decision expected in summer next year.
The shortlisted ‘Vision for Gatwick’ is based on Farrell’s fundamental belief in the importance of ‘integrated connectivity’ – a belief closely aligned with Gatwick’s vision of London being served by a network of airports, including two world class airports with two runways each competing vigorously – Gatwick and Heathrow.
Farrell’s plan shows how expansion of Gatwick would provide better balanced growth for London, the region and the UK. With the majority of traffic shared between London’s two major airports, the economic benefits would be more evenly distributed across London and the South East and have significant regenerative benefits in particular for South London, including Croydon and down to Brighton and the South Coast.
The airport design itself will be super-efficient and have an easy to navigate layout for passengers, providing ease of movement across the site and minimal changes of level. The entire airport will also use the latest technologies to ensure processes are seamless and non-intrusive for passengers. On the airfield, passengers will also benefit from even shorter taxiing times ensuring aircraft leave on time with fewer delays.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s CEO said: “Gatwick’s vision is of two world class airports in London helping to connect the country to the rest of the world. We want to see Gatwick grow and Heathrow improve.
“A second runway at Gatwick would deliver greater competition amongst airports in London and the South East helping to drive down the costs of travel for all passengers, reduce the costs of exporting goods and services and improve service standards at all airports in the region. The design of an expanded Gatwick would be the envy of the world.
Sir Terry Farrell CBE said: “By providing a second runway at Gatwick we would create a much more balanced airports system that will positively affect the whole of the UK’s infrastructure. It is a really big idea which follows the way the world is going with ‘smart cities’ using digital technology to connect up systems and networks.
“New York, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo have either two or three major airports that enhance the power of their existing networks. A single hub airport may be the right answer for smaller cities like Frankfurt or Amsterdam, where most people transfer onto flights elsewhere, but when it comes to London it is invariably a final destination where people want to end up. A new runway at Heathrow would be the wrong choice and would focus too much on a single hub airport. The best answer for the UK is to expand Gatwick and develop a balanced network of airports.”
This year’s shortlist for the World Architecture Festival includes architects from over 40 countries. Gatwick is shortlisted in the Future Infrastructure Award category and is up against project including:
- Linköping Central Station, Sweden,
- Istanbul Grand Airport, Turkey
- New High Speed Railway Station of Casablanca, Morocco
- AstanaTrain Station, Kazakhstan
The winner will be announced in Singapore on Friday.
Gatwick publishes revised Noise Action Plan
Following recent consultations with the local community, Gatwick Airport has today published a revised Noise Action Plan.
The plan says the airport will:
- Explore whether ‘rotating respite’ can be provided to communities most affected by noise from aircraft – potentially benefiting more than 11,000 residents
- Explore other innovative methods to minimise noise – such as the airport’s continuous descent approach, where aircraft use less thrust by gliding and descending at a continuous rate. This approach keeps the aircraft higher for longer and generates significantly less noise.
- Consult with local residents on the measures above.
- Request that the Department of Transport (DfT) explores ways to describe and measure aircraft noise more clearly to help people understand noise impacts.
- Ask the DfT to undertake research on effects of aircraft noise on human health.
- Commission public studies on noise impacts on particular areas.
Independent experts say Gatwick is among the leading airports worldwide with regards to noise mitigation and compensation measures. However Gatwick recognises that much has still to be done to realise the airport’s long term objective of gaining the trust of our stakeholders.
The plan outlines Gatwick’s continued commitment to minimise the impacts of aircraft noise. To achieve this, Gatwick will continue to:
- Use the quietest aircraft fleets possible. To this end, 99% of the aircraft currently using Gatwick are of the quietest type possible. One way Gatwick achieves this is by incentivising airlines by charging them less to use quieter aircraft.
- Employ effective and credible noise mitigation schemes. This includes Gatwick’s industry leading noise insulation scheme which provides homes with up to £3,000 towards double glazing and loft insulation. The scheme has recently been expanded by 15km each end of the runway so that 40% more homes are protected from noise than before.
- Engage with the local community to better understand their concerns and priorities so that the airport’s noise strategies and plans are well informed. Gatwick has introduced an annual noise seminar and is committed to reporting annually on the airport’s performance against its action plan and its effectiveness in addressing community concerns.
Noise generated by the airport has been steadily reduced in the last 15 years. This is demonstrated by the land area (noise contour) covered by the loudest noise levels reducing from 90km² to 41km² during this time.
Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility at London Gatwick, said:
“We have reduced noise generated by the airport in recent years, but we are not complacent. We understand that noise has an impact on our local communities and we strive to do everything possible to mitigate its effects.
“Our revised Noise Action Plan demonstrates how Gatwick will employ some of the world’s most innovative methods to reduce aircraft noise. Our plans will also evolve and we will adopt the latest advances in technology and leading practices as soon as is practicably possible.”
To read the revised Noise Action Plan click here.
Small business leaders choose Gatwick for expansion as UK trade mission to New York prepares for take off.
• Small business leaders choose Gatwick for airport expansion over Heathrow
• Enterprise Nation to lead UK’s biggest small business mission to New York from Gatwick
• TripAdvisor survey shows over 70% of business travellers fly low-cost
A YouGov poll released today shows that expansion at London Gatwick is the favoured option for small business leaders in the UK. When given a straight choice between expansion at Gatwick or Heathrow, small business leaders expressed a clear preference for Gatwick over Heathrow.
The results are published in the week that Enterprise Nation’s Go Global mission to the North Atlantic takes off. Sixty five small British businesses – the biggest trade mission of its kind to New York – will fly out on Norwegian Air’s hub-busting Dreamliner from Gatwick Airport for a two-day curated visit aimed at driving export growth.
Norwegian – the only low-cost airline to offer long haul flights to the states – launched flights direct to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale in July 2014 and has since announced that they are doubling their frequency from Gatwick to New York and LA in the summer of 2015 due to popular demand.
Norwegian’s one-way flights to New York start from as little as £149 allowing business passengers to take advantage of the affordable fares on offer. Gatwick’s poll shows the importance placed on the cost of travel with more than half of small business leaders (53%) citing it as the most important consideration when booking a flight, after destination. This jumps to 63% when younger business leaders (25 to 34) were asked.
Research from TripAdvisor also shows that between April 2014-15 72% of business travellers surveyed said they had chosen to fly on a low-cost airline.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of London Gatwick Airport, said:
“Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and they depend on affordable travel to grow their businesses. Building a second runway at Gatwick will promote greater competition among airports and airlines, delivering reduced fares, better services and more choice for passengers.
“The US is a major trading partner to the UK so I am very pleased that Gatwick is able to act as the gateway to New York for 65 small businesses looking to develop their networks out there”.
Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, said:
“It’s clear exporting is an important route to Growth, and yet trade missions often focus on large and medium sized firms – partly because costs and time commitments often make them inaccessible to the smallest firms and start-ups. The trip will herald a 12-month national campaign which will include workshops, online webinars and access to advice from experts in global trade.
Adrian Munn, Director for Leatherhead-based business Monochrome, said:
“We are really looking forward to travelling out to New York to bang the drum for Gatwick and showcase what the region has to offer to leading American businessmen and women. We want to make sure that everyone hears how many vibrant, innovative and creative companies there are in the region.
“It is very important to us that these brands, start-ups and entrepreneurs don’t just see Gatwick as a world class transport hub – we want them to see that when they land in Gatwick, they don’t need to get a train into London because there are a wealth of businesses offering just as much, if not more, than London does.”
How Gatwick expansion can fuel next stage of London’s continued regeneration
- Gatwick outlines why its expansion plans are the best and most deliverable choice for London and the UK at City Hall session
- New report released outlining why Gatwick is best choice to meet the future growth and regeneration needs of London
- Research results show that more Londoners support Gatwick rather than Heathrow expansion
Gatwick today outlined to London Assembly members why the airport’s plans for a second runway are the best and most deliverable solution to meet the future aviation needs of London and the UK, and released polling showing that more Londoners support Gatwick expansion rather than Heathrow.
The briefing session came as Gatwick released a new report – Connecting London and the South East to the Future. Faster – outlining how expansion of the airport would offer greater economic benefits for London and the South East, driving widespread regeneration where it is needed most.
Gatwick Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Charles Kirwan-Taylor and Non-Executive Director David McMillan outlined to Assembly members how a second runway would deliver the airport capacity the UK requires while also meeting the future growth and development needs of London, including:
- Two world-class airports for London – Gatwick growth will increase competition and create an airports system that will lead to more choice, lower fares, and greater innovation. This will help Heathrow to get better but not bigger by easing pressure and freeing-up hub capacity.
- Completing London’s compass of regeneration – Expansion at Gatwick offers the chance to focus investment on South London, bringing the capital’s development full circle. Gatwick’s unrivalled public transport connections will help spur job and business creation along the best-connected corridor of Croydon, Clapham Junction, Sutton, Lewisham and Elephant & Castle, Merton and Wandsworth. Growth will not be confined to South London, however, as Gatwick is directly linked to fast-growing areas of the capital including King’s Cross, Farringdon and London Bridge. Expansion will help drive business growth right across London.
- Housing & infrastructure – An expanded Gatwick will support the delivery of new homes and essential local infrastructure. The capacity for Gatwick to provide jobs over a wide area will ease the pressure of housing provision. Local authorities will be able to deal with a more manageable scale of housing growth and ensure that this is accompanied by adequate levels of supporting infrastructure. Gatwick has also pledged to provide financial support to help local authorities deliver new housing.
- Jobs & employment – An expanded Gatwick would be a major generator of new jobs, delivering around 120,000 employment opportunities in the UK, and rebalancing the economy away from the already overheated M4 corridor. The construction and operation of an expanded Gatwick will create around 22,000 jobs at the airport and will also act as a catalyst for 54,000 jobs in London and 46,000 in the wider South East. The catalytic effect of Gatwick expansion will extend to industries beyond aviation and broaden the positive effect on the wider economy.
- Business & Technology – Gatwick is well placed to support growth in some of the UK’s existing and emerging growth sectors as well as strengthen links to global business markets. Fast access to markets and customers will create opportunities to increase productivity, supply chains, trade and investment. The combination of Gatwick’s competitive cost model, the flexibility and breadth of its operational model, and strong links to European and emerging markets, means that an expanded Gatwick will support current and future business needs.
- Transport – Investment in Gatwick’s superior transport links will help spread the economic benefits of expansion across a much wider area. Gatwick is not served by end-of-line transport infrastructure – it is located on main rail lines and motorways, giving it a large transport catchment to the north, south, east and west. By 2018 the whole of the London population will be within an hour’s journey of Gatwick by train, and there will be a train into the Capital every 2.5 minutes.• Deliverability – Gatwick’s plans and the huge regeneration benefits it would bring are the most deliverable option; a second runway will be delivered at half the cost of Heathrow expansion, involve no investment by the public purse, and be delivered faster and without any reliance on a third party. The benefits of expansion at Gatwick also means less planning or policy risk and the ability to deliver greater returns to the exchequer by bringing more air capacity to London, the South East and UK sooner.The presentation comes in the same week that research commissioned by Gatwick revealed that, given a straight choice of building a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow, 46% of Londoners think Gatwick should be expanded, compared to 35% choosing Heathrow.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said: “We welcome the chance to present Gatwick’s compelling case for expansion to the London Assembly.
“It is clear that London and the UK need new airport capacity to connect us to the future and we need it quickly. We also need to limit the environmental impacts and focus the benefits where they are needed most.
“As our polling shows that more Londoners support expansion at Gatwick, we believe it is the best and obvious answer on all counts.
“A crucial part of Gatwick’s expansion model is the stimulus to major regeneration for many parts of London and the wider South East, on a par with the ‘Olympic effect’ in East London, providing the city with its next strategic scale regeneration.
“Our vision is a competitive airports system helping to drive growth in London and the UK. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide London with its next full scale regeneration.”
To support its arguments, Gatwick has also set out case studies which examine the impact of expansion at a local, London and international level looking at:
- the impact of Gatwick expansion on Croydon;
• how Gatwick fits in with Mayor’s London Plan; and
• how other international cities highlight the regeneration benefits that airport expansion brings.
Each of these case studies gives an insight into how Gatwick’s plans could become a benchmark for the delivery of growth on the back of opportunities provided by airport expansion.
Gatwick and Govia to partner and help revolutionise transport for the airport and the region
- Gatwick’s partnership with Govia will transform rail services to and from Gatwick Airport
- Brand new Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains plus more reliable services will connect even more people to Gatwick and the region
- Gatwick will be ‘second runway ready’ by road and rail by 2021
The launch of Govia’s Thameslink and Great Northern rail services – the UK’s largest rail franchise – is another crucial milestone in the transformation of rail services to Gatwick Airport. Brand new Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains, better stations, and more reliable services will connect even more people to the heart of London, Southeast England and key regional centres north of capital.
Govia and Gatwick will enter into a partnership to work together on every aspect of the provision of rail services which will result in a more seamless transition for passengers between rail and air. Govia will appoint a Gatwick Express Passenger Service Director who will work with the airport to design and operate a service that is specifically designed to meet the needs of passengers.
From service strategy and communication to improvements in passenger experience and station enhancements, passengers will start to see the benefits of this partnership within the next year.
Progressive improvements will also greatly improve resilience and mean that Gatwick will be ‘second runway ready’ by road and rail by 2021, whether or not the Airports Commission supports Gatwick’s bid.
The rail improvements which the Govia franchise will help deliver include:
- Brand new Gatwick Express trains in service by 2016
- Brand new Thameslink trains in service by 2018
- New direct connections to Peterborough and Cambridge
- A train to central London every 2.5 minutes by 2019
- Quicker journey times to the West End and City, than from Heathrow
- 15 million people brought within 60 minutes of Gatwick
- 1,000 rail stations within one change, including links to all UK main rail lines, Crossrail and HS2.
Govia will transform the dedicated non-stop Gatwick Express service with brand new, high quality trains between London Victoria and the airport. With the new Thameslink trains, rail capacity will be doubled by 2020 which means 10,000 additional seats to the capital every hour, transforming rail services for air passengers, the local community, and commuters.
Gatwick is already the best connected airport in the UK and offers direct rail services to129 stations. By 2019, rail services will be extended to serve 175 stations directly and more than 1,000 stations with one change.
Gatwick Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said:
“The transformation of Gatwick’s rail access is gathering pace and our partnership with Govia and the improvements planned will lead to a better passenger experience – it will provide passengers with more choice and higher quality services to and from more places.
“There will be a train to Central London every two and a half minutes and the overall journey time into the heart of London’s business district will be faster and more frequent.
“By 2025, when a new runway could be operational, capacity and frequency of services will be better still, much more resilient to disruption, and this will benefit not just the airport but the whole region as well.”
Gatwick’s transport network is well connected to the North, South, East and West and has a huge reach. Some 3.2 million people live within 30 minutes of the airport and almost 15 million live within 60 minutes. An expanded Gatwick will increase the cost effectiveness of the rail network by increasing the number of people on off-peak trains as well as providing passengers for trains operating in the opposite direction to peak commuter services.
August is a record breaking month for London Gatwick
- Nearly 4.4 million passengers chose to fly through Gatwick in August – up 8.2% on the prior year – making it the busiest month in Gatwick’s history
- Gatwick handled 906 air traffic movements in a day on its single runway – a world first
- North Atlantic routes performed strongly as Norwegian Air announced it will double services to New York and LA from next summer
August 2014 traffic performance summary
|Month||Moving Annual Total|
|Total terminal passengers (000s)||4,362.6||4,032.3||8.2%||37,257.0||35,002.5||6.4%|
|UK + Channel Islands||330.1||346.8||(4.8)%||3,734.5||3,821.4||(2.3)%|
|Other long haul||519.0||455.1||14.0%||5,480.8||4,930.2||11.2%|
|Air transport movements||26,501||25,515||3.9%||254,587||243,185||4.7%|
|Cargo (metric tonnes)||7,668||7,748||(1.0)%||90,156||99,579||(9.5)%|
Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights
Gatwick Airport broke a series of records in August 2014; the airport had its busiest month in its entire history with 4.362 million people choosing to fly through it on leisure and business trips. This was 8.2% up on August 2013, representing an additional 330,300 passengers.
The airport also handled the take-off and landing of 906 planes in a single day (August 29) making it by far the most efficiently operated single runway airport in the world. San Diego Airport – the second busiest single runway airport in the world – manages on average 500 movements per day, with a record of around 700 in a single day.
Over the summer, business and leisure traffic to Europe continued to perform strongly. Popular business routes included Geneva, which was up 16.8%, while routes to emerging economies, such as Turkey, also grew with pace. Passengers travelling to Istanbul Ataturk, the city’s main airport, were up 34.8% year-on-year.
Travel further afield grew to both the east and west in August. The launch of Norwegian’s new low-cost long-haul flights to New York and Los Angeles have proved popular with passengers and have helped bolster traffic to the North Atlantic by 3.8%.
There was also a 14% increase year-on-year for Other Long Haul, which was mainly due to uplift in travel to Dubai. Gatwick’s routes to the UAE, which includes a daily A380 service with Emirates, saw a 13.6% increase in August.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of London Gatwick, said: “Passenger numbers at Gatwick are rapidly increasing and this growth is only expected to continue as we compete for new airlines and open new routes, such as Garuda operating a Gatwick-Jakarta route in September.
“Airports and airlines competing for traffic are delivering tangible benefits for passengers. This is most notably demonstrated by the increasing demand to fly with Norwegian Air on their affordable flights to New York and Los Angeles. The popularity of the routes has seen Norwegian Air announce that it will be doubling the frequency of those flights next year.
“Building a second runway at Gatwick will promote even greater competition among airports and airlines, delivering reduced fares, better services and more choice for passengers. Building a third runway at Heathrow will diminish the choice available to British passengers, making it more expensive to go on holiday, to travel for business and to export goods and services.”
London Gatwick celebrates inaugural flight to Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia
• National flag carrier chooses Gatwick as its link to London
• New route improves the UK’s access to South East Asia’s largest economy
• A new runway at Gatwick would enable more long haul connections for UK PLC and more certainty for businesses
London Gatwick has celebrated the inaugural flight to Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia – the national airline of Indonesia. From today, passengers have more choice of how to travel between London and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with five flights a week from Gatwick.
Since being sold in 2009 to break up the BAA monopoly, Gatwick has taken great strides in attracting long haul routes to emerging markets, which has in-turn provided competition and more affordable fares for passengers.
The route is another demonstration of Gatwick’s growing long haul network, which now includes a variety of connections to established and high growth or emerging markets around the world.
Gatwick already has strong ties with the UK’s biggest trading partner – Europe – and serves 46 of the top 50 EU business destinations. This is complimented by links further afield to over 40 long haul destinations including key US cities such as New York and Los Angeles, alongside Moscow and the UK’s only direct services to Vietnam.
Indonesia is an increasingly important market for the UK. Bi-lateral trade is growing and, during Prime Minister David Cameron’s last visit to Indonesia, a partnership commitment to double trade (goods & services) by 2015 to £4.4 billion was announced. This new route will support business activities between the two countries and help meet that bi-lateral trade commitment.
The opening of the London – Amsterdam – Jakarta route will offer passengers from the UK easier access to Indonesia and also to the Asia Pacific region, with the route connecting with Garuda Indonesia’s onward service to Australia.
*Air traffic forecasts for Indonesia project the number of annual passengers to the country will increase from 105 million in 2010 to more than 358 million by 2025 – an average annual growth rate of 8.5%. Indonesia’s airport and aviation industries are rapidly expanding to meet these future demands, highlighting the importance of the new Gatwick to Jakarta link.
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick is pleased to welcome Garuda Indonesia today and we are delighted that the national flag carrier has chosen Gatwick as its link to London. The trade opportunities available between the UK and Indonesia are undeniable and new connections to dynamic markets in South East Asia are critical for UK PLC. The new Gatwick-Jakarta service introduces more competition on the routes currently available from the UK, ultimately benefitting passengers who now have more choice of how to connect to Indonesia and beyond.
“The start of services by Garuda Indonesia is another example of how Gatwick continues to open new long haul routes. A second runway would enable us to deliver more connections to both established and emerging markets for London and the UK. Gatwick is the obvious choice if growth is to be delivered quickly, offering UK businesses more certainty and ensuring London remains the best connected city in the world for air travel.”
Mr. Erik Meijer, Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales of Garuda Indonesia, said:
“Today’s launch is the next milestone in the international expansion of Garuda Indonesia. We’re delighted to be playing a key role in bringing Indonesia and the UK closer together both in terms of tourism and trade. Gatwick’s close proximity to London and great transport links are set to be key to the success of the new service.”
Lewis Scott, Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) South East, said:
“This new route to Jakarta from Gatwick Airport will give South East businesses increased opportunity to tap into this high growth market.
“It’s a country of big numbers and big opportunity, with 60% of the 240 million inhabitants under 30, and economic growth driven by a burgeoning middle class of 45 million, which is forecast to swell to 141 million by 2020.
“UKTI has staff based in the British Embassy in Jakarta who are able to offer expert trade and advice support to all companies to start them on the path to exporting success. Alongside this we have locally based International Trade Advisers who can offer any guidance needed by South East firms. I would urge the region’s businesses to get in touch and find out how UKTI can help them make in-roads into this huge and burgeoning market. Call 08452 789 600 or visit www.gov.uk/ukti”
Gatwick response to Airports Commission announcement on Thames Estuary airport
Responding to the announcement today that a Thames Estuary airport has not been shortlisted by the Airports Commission, Gatwick Airport Chief Executive Stewart Wingate, said:
“This is an important juncture in the aviation debate because now Britain’s choice is clear; expand Gatwick and support genuine competition, lower fares and greater choice for passengers or expand Heathrow and return to the stale monopoly of the past and watch the cost of going on holiday, travelling for business and exporting goods and service go up.
“We believe Gatwick has the strongest case. It is the only option left on the table that can be delivered with more certainty than either of the Heathrow options, and it can be delivered without the significant environmental impacts expansion at Heathrow would inflict on London. It can be delivered faster than any other option, and at low cost and low risk.
“Furthermore, expanding Gatwick will ensure the UK is served by two successful world class airports. It can liberate hub capacity at Heathrow and open up the opportunities for affordable long haul travel to emerging markets for the benefit of everyone, made possible by new generation of aircraft such as the Dreamliner.”
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