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18 - Jan - 2019

Four London Airports Record Increased Passenger Numbers in 2018

Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Airports all recorded a surge in passenger numbers in 2018.

The largest airport, Heathrow, recorded 80 million passengers, which was a 2.7% increase compared to 2017. Heathrow is looking to expand by building a third runway. The airport was given a go ahead to construct the runway by the House of Commons last year.

John Holland Kaye, the CEO of Heathrow Airport said: “2018 has been an exceptional year for Heathrow, with record passenger numbers and service levels, and with MPs voting overwhelmingly in support of expansion. We are on track to deliver and expanded Heathrow in the early years of Brexit, which will keep Britain as one of the world’s great trading nations.”

At Gatwick, UK’s second busiest airport, a record 46million passengers used the airport in 2018. The growth was driven by long-haul connections which grew by +21.3% compared to 2017. Consultations on Gatwick expansion plans are still ongoing.

In November 2018, London Gatwick, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: “We are delighted to have welcomed 46 million passengers to Gatwick in the last year which is testament to the hard work and innovation of all staff working at the airport.

Stansted Airport handled 28 million passengers in 2018, which is a 2.1 million increase in passenger numbers compared to 2017. Stansted is the fastest growing major airport in the UK. The airport plans to complete a new arrival terminal by 2020 under a $770 million project.

Ken O’ Toole, the CEO of the airport said, “We will continue to grow passenger numbers and provide even more choices and destinations, including building on our work to secure more long-haul services to destinations across China, India and the USA.”

Luton Airport recorded 16.6 million passengers for 2018, which is a 5% increase compared to 2017. The airport opened a new terminal in December, and plans to increase passenger numbers to 18 million by 2020.

Alberto Martin, CEO of the airport said, “Work is also continuing on the Direct Air Rail Transit, which will replace the current shuttle bus. Once complete, the DART will run 24 hours a day, helping to reduce the journey time to central London to under 30 minutes.” Airline Geeks reported.

By Airport Pickups London