Gatwick celebrates busiest December on record

Lloyd Doyle
January 13, 2018

The traveler tally at the home base of British Airways increased 3.1 percent to 78 million, even as the number of aircraft movements rose just 0.2 percent, Heathrow Airport Ltd. said in a news statement issued on Thursday. December alone saw a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in passengers travelling to long-haul destinations, and one million more for the whole year compared to 2016.

Manchester Airport traffic surged +8.5% year-on-year to serve 27.8 million passengers in 2017 despite the bankruptcy of its 7 biggest airline Monarch in October.

Manchester Airport welcomed a record-breaking number of passengers in 2017, it has revealed.

The year ended at Stansted with the exciting announcement that Emirates will open a new direct service to Dubai in June 2018, and onward access to a wide range of destinations right across the world, including Shanghai, Sydney, and Hong Kong. The airport is owned and operated by AGS Airports, which also owns and operates Aberdeen airport.

The hub's fastest-growing passenger markets were the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific, though Europe and North America accounted for the most people.

The figures exclude Bournemouth Airport which was sold to RCA in December 2017.

"The previous year has been a very busy and exciting time at London Stansted with passenger numbers and the range of destinations directly available from the airport both reaching all-time highs", said London Stansted Airport CEO Ken O'Toole. Past year it reported a 1.9 per cent increase, to more than 3.1 million passengers.

"We're looking forward to continuing to deliver for Britain in 2018 as we progress our expansion plans".

During 2017, new routes were launched to San Francisco, Muscat, Boston, Riyadh, Granada and Seville.

Heathrow Airport has recorded its busiest ever year.

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