Heathrow and Gatwick passenger numbers surge reigniting runway battleComments Off on Heathrow and Gatwick passenger numbers surge reigniting runway battle
That was up 1.4% on the year before at the full-to-capacity airport where bigger jets have been flying more passengers.
Last year’s figures come as the two airports battle to secure a recommendation from Sir Howard Davies, who is leading the Airports Commission, on where to build another runway in the South-East.
Gatwick, which only has one runway to Heathrow’s two, saw more than 38 million passengers last year — an increase of 7.6%.
Finance boss Nick Dunn said: “Gatwick’s record-breaking figures show an airport serving the widest range of travel and airline models. Expand Heathrow and we take a backwards step.”
But the airport faced a blow when carrier Vietnam Airlines said it was moving from Gatwick to Heathrow.
Chief executive John Holland-Kaye said that move “underlines that airlines can only make flights to many long-haul destinations viable from a hub airport like Heathrow”.
Gatwick’s traffic last year saw a surge from Latin American destinations — up by 6.3%. East Asia was up 5.2% and the Middle East and Central Asia rose by 3.5%.