Gatwick Airport Breaks Records In July
Monday 11th August 2014
Gatwick airport has revealed that 4.1 million passengers passed through the airport in July this year, the highest ever for a single month.
These record numbers come in spite of a dip in UK airport traffic and against the backdrop of widely reported staffing problems in July that left some travellers waiting hours for their luggage.
The increase in passanger numbers will be seen as a boost for the airport in its claims that it is the London airport that most deserves a new runway.
Gatwick, the UK’s second largest airport, is currently battling to have a second runway built so it can handle the increasing number of passengers travelling to London. It is facing fierce competition from Heathrow, which wants to build a third runway, and a proposal for an entirely new four runway airport in the Thames Estuary, a plan that is favoured by Boris Johnson.
London Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, said: “Expansion at Gatwick would provide London and the UK with two world class airports, enabling regional and national business to thrive and grow on the global stage. Businesses need certainty and Gatwick is, by far, the most deliverable option for expansion.”
Today’s positive news will also be welcomed by the airport following The Sunday Times revalation of Gatwick's secret plan to try and scupper the Heathrow third runway bid after confidential files were left on a train.