Whilst everyone is sick of the wind, rain, snow and temperatures barely getting above freezing, Gatwick is loving it.
Why? Well, thanks to all the bad weather this year, and the cold Easter, more people than ever have used Gatwick to jet away to warmer weather.
Figures just released show that March passenger numbers increased by 2.5%, with the total number of passenger passing through the airport’s two terminals rising to 2.5 million in the month – the highest passenger numbers recorded in March for five years.
There were big increases on long haul flights too, with an increase of 5.1% travelling to the likes of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, which equates to 27,800 extra passengers.
For the rolling year, from March 2012 to March 2013, the airport has handled 34.2 million passengers.
As well as the bad weather, Gatwick is also benefitting from the number of new airlines it has secured, offering even more choice to its passengers – recently the likes of Air Arabia Maroc, Air China, Caribbean Airlines, Gambia Bird, Icelandair, Iraqi Airways, WOW Air and Vueling have all started flying out of Gatwick.
The airport has invested much time and money in securing new airlines and greatly improving facilities, which enhance the passengers’ time at the airport, whether that’s easy check-in, the speed in which they pass through security, the immense shopping facilities, vast number of restaurants and bars and improved facilities for families and the disabled.
As such, Gatwick Airport is fast becoming the UK’s airport of choice, as well as the UK’s preferred international gateway. Facilities and services, such as it’s safe and secure meet and greet parking providers, are outstanding. What’s more, during all the severe weather and snow the airport was unaffected due to its multi-million pound investment in its snow clearing equipment. Yet again, proving if you’re flying out of the UK then Gatwick Airport is the airport you should be doing from from!