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Gatwick enjoys an Increase in Passenger Numbers…

Our local leading holiday airport handled an increased number of passengers last month.

A total of more than 3.8 million passengers passed through Gatwick in July 2013 – a 5.5% rise on the figure for the West Sussex airport in July last year.

Although North Atlantic flight passenger numbers dipped 10.7% last month, there was an increase of 9.1% in European scheduled traffic which forms a large part of Gatwick’s overall flying programme.

Gatwick planes were 88.1% full in July 2013 – a record high for the month….

Despite this increase in local traffic, overall foreign holiday bookings have dropped to a low comparable with the slump experienced when the Icelandic volcano dust cloud prevented air travel. The main culprit for persuading people to stay at home seems to be the recent heatwave. Travel firms are concerned that this 25% drop in last minute bookings may be because customers have decided against travel altogether, rather than just because they have postponed the decision to see what the weather will do in the UK.

It was hoped that without the distractions of royal weddings, Olympics, football tournaments, and with the growing feeling that the recession is improving, this year would see a healthy increase in foreign travel, but it would appear the market (and the weather) is more fickle than that.

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