Gatwick joins record-breaking year

Gatwick just announced it had a record-breaking 2017 as passenger numbers near 46m

Heathrow's annual noise and contour report revealed that the airport's noise footprint was at its smallest recorded level in 11 years with 15% fewer households affected by noise, as a result of working with airlines to encourage the use of quieter aircraft.

After a year of continued booming growth in Gatwick's long-haul connections, with new routes including Singapore, Rwanda, Seattle and Denver, December saw a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in passengers travelling long-haul. Gatwick's long-haul network grew to 63 connections past year, with 7.3m people opting to fly long-haul, up almost a million on 2016.

London's Heathrow Airport, which has operated its two runways close to capacity since the start of the decade, managed to squeeze in 2.3 million more passengers past year as airlines deployed bigger planes and carried more people per flight.

During 2017, the top five destination countries reporting the strongest growth by passenger volumes from Stansted versus 2016 were Spain (up 478,000), France (up 382,000), Denmark (up 281,000), Turkey (up 222,000) and Bulgaria (up 134,000).

Gatwick had its busiest December on record, with 3.2m passengers travelling through the airport, up 1.5 per cent on the same time in 2016.

MAG's third United Kingdom airport, East Midlands, also grew in 2017 - seeing a 4.9 per cent increase in the number of passengers it flew.

In December 2017, excluding Bournemouth, MAG grew 0.7 per cent.

The UK's only hub airport delivered outstanding customer service in 2017, and was named both "Best Airport in Western Europe" for the third year running and "Best Airport for Shopping" for the eight year running in the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

During 2017, new routes were launched to San Francisco, Muscat, Boston, Riyadh, Granada and Seville. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience, which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick.

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