Britain#8217;s second-biggest airport said on Friday (6 January) that it saw 43 million people travelling through its gates in 2016, with 3.1 million passing through Gatwick in December alone, which represented a 15% year-on-year increase and was the busiest December in the airport#8217;s history.
Gatwick, which lost out to Heathrow Airport in the battle to be chosen for expansion, saw long-haul traffic grow 26.8% compared to the previous year, while cargo grew 13.3% in tonnage terms.
In 2017 the airport forecasts that the most popular long-haul destinations will include Barbados, Dubai, Jamaica, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and Vancouver, while in short-haul Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Barcelona and Venice will occupy the top spots.
#8220;Gatwick#8217;s booming long-haul services and increased cargo volumes illustrate the vital contribution the airport continues to make to the local and national economy, as we continue to offer the UK Government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion,#8221; said group chief executive Stewart Wingate.
The figure represented a 97% year-on-year increase, which was only topped by New York and Milan, which saw passengers numbers surge 123% and 99% respectively from the previous year.