Gatwick news roundup April 2016

Gatwick passenger numbers
A busy March saw more than 3.1 million passengers pass through the airport, an increase of 5.8% on March 2015, and the 36th month of consecutive passenger growth.

In the past 12 months, Gatwick has seen almost 40.8 million passengers travel through the airport.

Gatwick expansion
A recent poll for YouGov has found that 62% of London councillors support a second runway at Gatwick, compared to just 38% who are in favour of expanding Heathrow.

In a separate poll, 44% of London residents said they were in favour of an expanded Gatwick, while 35% said they would chose Heathrow for the next runway.

Emirates is adding a fourth daily flight to Dubai from Gatwick Aiport.

The new service will begin on 1 October 2016 using a state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, with eight Private Suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class.

Budget airline Norwegian is set to launch Gatwick to Crete flights from 28 April. Flights will operate three times per week using a 186-seat Boeing 737-800.

Norwegian’s new Gatwick to Oakland-San Francisco flights will launch on 12 May.

Tianjin Airlines
Tianjin Airlines is set to make its UK debut in June with twice-weekly Gatwick flights to Tianjin via Chongqing.

Flights will commence on 25 June 2016 using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Wizz Air
Wizz Air announced this month that it would begin operations at Gatwick with the launch of daily flights to Bucharest.

The new service will commence on 18 June and is the only direct link to Bucharest from Gatwick.