Full flights for Gatwick despite drop in traffic

DESPITE an overall drop in passenger numbers during August, flights leaving Gatwick Airport were close to full after almost 90 per cent of available seats were taken.

The latest traffic figures from Gatwick show that on average 87 per cent of available seats on flights leaving from the airport were full, marking a record high for the airport.

Similarly, long haul flights departing from the Crawley based air hub reported that nearly
90 per cent of available seats were taken.

Traffic to long haul destinations, excluding the North Atlantic, continued a year on year
growth trend after increasing by 11.3 per cent during August.

However, this comes despite a modest fall in the number of passengers using Gatwick for
their travels.

During August, 3.6m people flew through the airport, marking a 1.3 per cent decrease on the same month in 2009, when 3.7m passengers chose to fly out of Gatwick.

Likewise, Gatwick said that over the last 12 months, it has seen a two per cent fall in the number of customers travelling through its doors.

In the 12 months ending in August 31.5m people used Gatwick compared to 32.2m in 2009.