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16 May 2013 09:38
Gatwick airport saw a rise in passenger numbers in April
The UK's second-biggest airport saw traffic rise last month, figures have shown. A total of just over 2.73 million people used Gatwick airport in April. This is a 0.4% increase on 12 months previously.
But last month's total included a fall of 11.4% in European charter traffic. This prompted Gatwick bosses to warn of "challenging" European economic conditions. But European scheduled passenger numbers rose 3.2% last month. This constitutes a huge slice of the West Sussex airport's overall operation.
Long-haul traffic for passengers flying through Gatwick increased 8.7% in April, while north Atlantic traffic fell 15.1%. Many of the passengers embarking on flights will have taken the time to arrange
travel insurance before taking to the skies.
Gatwick's chief financial officer Nick Dunn said it is "pleasing" to see long-haul growth trends continuing, with several key carriers expanding their frequencies and routes.
Mr Dunn added: "It is also important to note that economic conditions in Europe remain challenging and we expect this trend to continue for the immediate future."
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