London Gatwick’s passenger numbers are up 4.8 per cent on the previous year, its financial results for the year ending March 31 show.
The number of passengers that passed through Gatwick this year stands at 35.9 million and the good results could work in favour of its bid to secure a second runway, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com.
A year previous, Gatwick reported an operating profit of £116.4 million, but this year it’s climbed to £147 million. The airport states it’s constantly seeking to improve customer experience by investing in new facilities, reports airport-world.com. For example, the South Terminal departure lounge was revamped during the year and more than 20 new stores were opened.
Gatwick airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, says the figures show that Gatwick is the airport most deserving of a new runway.
“Expansion at Gatwick would ensure London can effectively compete with its European neighbours and provide essential air links that the UK needs to both established and emerging markets,” he explains. “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.”
Heathrow is the other London airport battling against Gatwick to try and secure an extra runway. The Airports Commission won’t make a decision on which airport should get the new runway until summer next year.