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Gatwick Airport Records 43 Million Passengers In 2016

Travelers Today       By    Antonio Celic

Updated: Jan 07, 2017 04:47 AM EST

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Gatwick Airport records 43 million passengers in 2016, making it the busiest single runaway airport. This annual data came December 22 of last year. Last month alone, the airport registered a whooping increase of 3.1 million passengers, 15 per cent more than the same month in 2015.

The airport received a total of 7.1% increase in passengers last year. The increase in passenger transit was observed after implementing more long-haul travel destinations. As a whole, long-haul flights grew by more than 26.8 per cent. Consequently, the airport's cargo also increased 13.3 per cent in metric tonnage.

Garwick Airport administration revealed the top destinations with the highest increase in passenger sales. During the holidays last month, long-haul flights to Toronto registered 97 per cent increase (191,124 passengers) compared to last year.

On the other hand, the Game of Thrones excursion in Belfast contributed to an increase in numbers of passengers. Belfast International received 388, 486 passengers more versus 2015. This is an increase of almost 83 per cent.

In 2017, Barbados, Dubai, Jamaica, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and Vancouver are forecasted to be the most popular long-haul stops. On the other hand, short -haul travels are expected to be dominated by Amsterdam, Barcelona, Edinburgh and Venice.

Stewart Wingate, the airport's chief executive said that the increase in passengers puts them 14 years ahead of prediction. He added that this achievement marks the 80th year of the very first flight from the airport. Wingate was quoted saying 

ne cemented Gatwick's reputation as the world's most efficient airport. It also highlights the airport's contribution to the economy and safe transportation services in the UK. Wingate was quoted saying, "Gatwick's booming long-haul services and increased cargo volumes illustrate the vital contribution the airport continues to make to the local and national economy".  

On the other hand, Travelers Today reported a story on the challenges of building the new runaway in Gatwick. In that report, it was estimated that Gatwick built the runaway in a staggering £9.3 billion. It

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