London Gatwick’s cargo traffic soared in August, up 22.3 per cent year-on-year, as long-haul routes continued to drive growth at the airport. Gatwick’s long-haul network grew by 18 per cent compared with the same month last year.
In what was the airport’s busiest August on record, overall passenger numbers were up 0.4 per cent to 4.9 million and the announcement of a new connection to Shanghai with China Eastern – set to provide over 3,700 extra tonnes of cargo capacity – brought Gatwick’s long-haul network to a total of 64 routes.
The airport now serves 241 destinations across the globe, with several US cities seeing some of the highest year-on-year growth in August. Boston, Los Angeles and New York were all up for passenger numbers and Vienna and Hamburg also saw high passenger growth rates.
Due to the introduction of a number of vital long-haul routes, the volume of cargo handled by Gatwick has grown by more than 10 per cent year-on-year in each of the last twelve months.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport says: “As we reach the end of Gatwick’s busiest summer to date, August’s traffic figures are extremely encouraging, particularly within our long-haul network. Our ongoing cargo success story is being driven by the soaring long-haul growth, and highlights the crucial role we play for our local and national economies.
“This will be critical in supporting the country post-Brexit, and we’re continuing to explore the best and most sustainable ways that Gatwick can grow so that the UK can reap the benefits of greater global connectivity.”