Business travel a significant ingredient in Gatwick’s success

The proportion of business travellers using Gatwick airport each month now stands at 20 per cent, new figures show.

According to the data, the number of people using the West Sussex flight hub reached a total of 3.6 million in June alone, representing a year-on-year increase of 5.5 per cent, and the opening of numerous new business routes has been cited as one of the main reasons.

The airport is now better connected to a number of major business cities in Europe, with carriers introducing new routes to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris over the last year.

Demand for flights to Denmark and Italy has also increased, with traffic to Rome and Copenhagen growing by 31 per cent and 15 per cent respectively, reports.

Stewart Wingate, the airport’s CEO, was quoted by as saying: “Gatwick continues to successfully compete for business and leisure traffic, increasing passenger numbers and market share at record levels.

“From July, this will increase even further thanks to the start of US services including New York and Los Angeles with Norwegian Air Shuttle.”

He went on to further pledge his support to the campaign for a new runway at Gatwick, claiming that it would help to ensure customers have choice and that the market remains competitive long into the future.