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Gatwick revises 2022 passenger forecast

British Airways Airbus A3219 at Gatwick
British Airways Airbus A319 at Gatwick, © British Airways

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LONDON - Strong passenger demand and higher air traffic volumes following the lifting of all UK travel restrictions in March 2022 accelerated Gatwick’s recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, the airport revealed in its half year results. The London hub increased its passenger forecast for the remainder of 2022.

Following strong demand, Gatwick has revised its traffic forecasts for 2022 to 32.8m passengers. The airport however notes that continued macro-economic uncertainty - including inflationary pressures on costs and passenger demand for the winter season may impact these forecasts.

"We still have some way to go, but strong demand has fast-tracked Gatwick’s recovery from the pandemic, particularly in the last quarter since all UK travel restrictions were removed," Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said.

"Air traffic volumes have reflected this strong passenger demand and have bounced back to around 75 percent of pre-Covid levels."

Long-haul recovery

Gatwick’s recovery has also seen its long-haul network grow with 40 routes now announced, including new airlines such as Norse and Bamboo flying to New York and Hanoi respectively.

British Airways started a new service to Cape Town and Jetblue Airways added a new daily service to Boston in addition to their daily flight to New York. Westjet and Air Transat currently also fly to a range of destinations across Canada from Gatwick, while both British Airways and Tuifly numerous other long-haul services to the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.
© | Image: British Airways | 23/09/2022 09:23

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