Gatwick celebrates busiest December on record

Glasgow had its busiest year ever despite disruption caused by snow last month

The growth was driven by route development and new airlines across Manchester Airport, London Stansted and East Midlands Airport.

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 a year ago, with 7.3m people opting to fly long-haul, up almost a million on 2016.

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

Monarch Airlines' slots for summer 2018 have been allocated to Jet2.com, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines flights.

Gatwick airport has joined a group of other transport hubs reporting record-breaking passenger numbers for the whole of 2017, seeing 45.6 million passengers.

"This excellent addition to our route network comes on top of the very exciting news that Primera Air will also launch direct flights to New York, Boston and Toronto from April and May this year".

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The number of passengers passing through London Stansted in December 2017 was slightly down on the same month in 2016, largely due to flight cancellations during the period due to adverse weather conditions in the United Kingdom and across Europe.

Edinburgh had the busiest 12 months, with more than 13.4 million people passing through it, an 8.6 per cent increase on 2016.

"The a year ago 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.

Oakland, San Francisco proved to be the long-haul destination with the biggest growth at Gatwick in December, as the number of passengers travelling there increased by 97 per cent on the previous year. This will be done while continuing to deliver the best passenger experience, which is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick.

MAG's third United Kingdom airport, East Midlands, reported a +4.9% increase in 2017 traffic.

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