It was another month of difficulty for Gatwick Airport, with a 12.2% fall in volumes of cargo service, down to a figure of 5,628 tonnes for February. This is a consecutive double digit decline following January’s 9.7% fall to a figure of 5,231 tonnes. Annually, in the period 2015 March-2016 February, there was a 18.1% downfall in air freight volumes, down to a poor 72,063 tonnes.
In the present year, airport news says, Gatwick expects twenty new long distance routes, including the British Airways towards Costa Rica’s San Jose and Peru’s Lima. The airline Cathay Pacific is going to begin services from the city of Hong Kong; Norwegian is going to increase United States connectivity to Oakland and Boston. Other services also include some Canadian Locations that West Jet serves, with the airline Air Canada’s planes flying to the city of Toronto. Cuban and US services will be increased by Thomas Cook, with increased connectivity by Thomson 1to Cuba, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica. Fly Salone is going to begin flights from Gatwick to Freetown; Air Via starts flights to Nigeria’s Lagos.
Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport, said that the new ways and routes show the reason behind the hub’s need of being approved for another runway, adding that the Gatwick Airport now has entered European Airports’ premier league, whose planes fly to long-distance destinations, more than fifty.
He also mentioned that their long-distance network will only grow with a growth in Gatwick and it benefits from new aircraft which can travel further without any requirement of change at any hub, adding that along with this momentum and growth behind them, Gatwick for the first time very importantly needs a green light in order to get on to pace its air freight as well as start building and developing another runway.