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Britain's Leading Airports Report Significant July Traffic

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 17, 2015

Britain's Leading Airports Report Significant July Traffic

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How busy were England’s five major airports in the month of July?

Put it this way – one of them is undergoing a major rebuilding and renovation in and out of the airport, requiring passengers to not only use a terminal that had been dormant since 1998, but to get to the airport using an old service road.

England’s five leading airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Luton – all reported significant increases in traffic last month.

Heathrow had 7.3 million passengers pass through the airport, an increase of 4.7 percent over the same period last year. Gatwick was up 6.4 percent, Manchester up 6.1 percent, Stansted up 12.5 percent, and Luton – which is going through massive renovation – was up a whopping 16 percent at 1.3 million passengers processed.

For Gatwick, the news couldn’t have come at a better time. The airport has been fighting to have a second runway built at the facility to accommodate the traffic.

"These results put us ten years ahead of the forecasts used by the Airports Commission to predict future air traffic movements,” he told "Our growth in the last 12 months is actually more than the commission concluded could be added at Gatwick in the first year of a new runway being operational here. This is further proof of the flaws in the Airports Commission analysis, and shows its conclusions [that Heathrow is the best bet for an additional runway] are fast unravelling."

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