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."
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.
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