Gatwick Sees Small Rise In Passenger Numbers

December 20, 2011

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London's Gatwick Airport announced a slight rise in passenger traffic in November while cargo slumped by 17 percent.

Passenger numbers were up 0.6 percent at 2.2 million in the month, year on year, while cargo volume fell to 7526 tonnes.

And there is good news for the airport next year with Korean Air starting to market three times a week flights to Seoul.

The news, which follows the start of flights by Vietnam Airlines and AirAsia X, shows the fruits of a campaign by Gatwick to attract Asian airlines.

Stuart Wingate, the airport's chief executive, quoted in the Financial Times said that part of the attraction was a discount for the first three years while the routes were being established.

"We share the risk. We put our hand in our pocket to entice the guys down," he was quoted as saying in the Financial Times report.

Speaking on the second anniversary of the purchase of the airport by Global Infrastructure Partners from BAA, Wingate said there had been GBP£600 million (USD$938 million) in investment over that time and that he expected a similar scale of investment over the next two years.

(Ken Symon)