Gatwick turnover takes off

Gatwick posted a 15 per cent jump in half-year turnover yesterday. Underlying passenger numbers rose 3.3 per cent to 19.7m, and cost control and new landing fees helped lift earnings before exceptionals 34.4 per cent to £164.4m. The airport has scrapped landing fees during winter to encourage airlines to land at Gatwick during off-peak times of year, while hiking its summer charges.