London's Top Airports Report Record Passenger Traffic
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The U.K.'s leading airports announced continued growth during the first half of 2015, with London Heathrow Airport, London Stansted Airport, and Gatwick Airport each servicing a record number of passengers last month.
According to BBC.com, Heathrow welcomed 5.95 million passengers in March 2015, signalling a 3.4 percent rise over the same month last year.
Gatwick reported an even bigger jump, posting a 9.2 percent rise over March 2014 with three million passengers passing through the airport last month.
Elsewhere, Stansted announced that it welcomed one million more passengers over the first three months of 2015 as compared to the same three-month period in 2014, according to Tom Newcombe of BuyingBusinessTravel.com. It should also be noted that Stansted is the U.K.'s fastest growing airport, as it's now experienced 10 consecutive months of double-digit growth.
Nonetheless the focus is likely to remain on London's top two airports as these passenger traffic announcements come at a critical time for both Heathrow and Gatwick, which are each looking to land a new runway.
Last week, Gatwick said that, if approved to construct a second runway, it would launch a £20 million ($29.3 million) fund to support regional flights. "Already we find ourselves as the world's busiest single runway airport by some margin," Gatwick chief executive Stuart Wingate told BBC Radio 4's Today program. "Gatwick is approaching being full and Heathrow is full."
"We need to choose a runway solution that is deliverable," he added. "Gatwick is the only option that is deliverable."
The Airports Commission is currently reviewing airport capacity in the region and is expected to release its findings after May's general election.
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