Gatwick Airport achieves record passenger loads
Wed, 15 Sep, 2010
Gatwick Airport has reported its passenger numbers reached record levels in August, with an average of 87 per cent of seats being filled.
The airport reported that its recent gains in passenger loads matched those of international markets, which had reached 89.4 per cent.
However, it also experienced a decline in air transport movements, which fell by almost four per cent when compared with last year.
"This was driven by the full year impact of capacity consolidations to international markets, to which movements decline five per cent," the airport said in a press release.
A recent Wall Street Journal article also noted gains in passenger traffic for a number of US carriers, including Alaska Airlines, US Airways and jetBlue.
North Atlantic destinations experienced the largest decreases in passenger traffic from Gatwick Airport, with a 12.2 per cent fall when compared with the same period last year. Ireland also suffered passenger losses with a 10.4 per cent drop.