Gatwick celebrates busiest December on record

Marco Green
January 13, 2018

Heathrow's annual noise and contour report revealed that the airport's noise footprint was at its smallest recorded level in 11 years with 15% fewer households affected by noise, as a result of working with airlines to encourage the use of quieter aircraft.

The airport said its long-haul push has been rapidly taking off, with new routes to Singapore, Denver and Seattle added, leading to a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in passenger numbers.

Gatwick airport has joined a group of other transport hubs reporting record-breaking passenger numbers for the whole of 2017, seeing 45.6 million passengers. It also reported a 10-percent surge in cargo volumes to 1.7 million metric tons, led by growth from the United States and East Asia.

The number of passengers passing through London Stansted in December 2017 was slightly down on the same month in 2016, largely due to flight cancellations during the period due to adverse weather conditions in the United Kingdom and across Europe.

The airport's long-haul network grew to 63 connections in 2017, and Gatwick welcomed 7.3 million long-haul passengers across the year - an increase of nearly one million compared with 2016.

The airport's Asia routes also continued their significant growth with Hong Kong +62 per cent and Tianjin +41.7 per cent in December.

Domestic and emerging markets continued to be sources of growth, with United Kingdom travel up 6.6% and travel to Asia up 5.5% on last year Over 143,000 metric tons travelled through Heathrow in December (+7.3%), as the United Kingdom economy benefited from the end-of-year peak around the world.

In December 2017, excluding Bournemouth, MAG grew 0.7 per cent.

In 2017, London Heathrow Airport was named Best Airport in Western Europe by Skytrax for the third consecutive year.

During 2017, new routes were launched to San Francisco, Muscat, Boston, Riyadh, Granada and Seville.

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