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Gatwick breaks annual record for passengers in 2016

Gatwick has revealed that 43 million passengers travelled through the airport in 2016, further enhancing its standings as the world’s most efficient single-runway airport.

The new annual record was broken on the 22 December, as part of a month which saw the airport see 3.1 million passengers through its gates – a 15% increase on the same month in 2015.

Long-haul services at the airport continue to grow massively – increasing by 26.8% and highlighting its ability to connect Britain to important markets across the globe.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “Three million more passengers are travelling through the airport this year versus the same time last year, gives us a figure that puts us 14 years ahead of industry predictions.”

December saw a clear split, as travellers either opted for either very cool or hot climates, with destinations such as Rovaniemi, Finland, and Keflavik, Iceland, seeing a 66% and 51% increase respectively, whilst St Lucia saw a 61% rise in passenger numbers.

Gatwick has also revealed the destinations which saw the biggest growth in 2016 when compared to the previous year.

Belfast International recorded the biggest increase in passenger numbers, attracting an additional 388,486 passengers when compared to 2015, representing an 83% rise.

New York saw a 123% rise and Toronto grew in popularity following Prince Harry’s visit to the long-haul destination, recorded an impressive 97% increase on 2015, with 191,124 passengers.

The likes of Paris, Tenerife, Malaga and Milan also saw passenger numbers increase steadily when compared to 12 months previously.

Gatwick has also revealed which destinations are predicted to be the most popular throughout 2017, with Barbados, Dubai, Jamaica, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and Vancouver topping the list for long-haul trips. Meanwhile Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Barcelona and Venice are expected to be popular for short haul trips.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 10 January 2017

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