Gatwick Airport posts 20.6% tonnage rise in June


New long-haul belly connections continue to drive cargo figures at London’s Gatwick Airport.

The UK gateway handled 7,835 tonnes in June, a 20.6 per cent increase on the same month last year when Gatwick handled 6,494 tonnes.

On a rolling 12-month basis from July 2016 to June 2017, tonnage is up 18.2 per cent to 85,214 tonnes, up on the 72,082 tonnes in the previous 12 months.

The single runway gateway now has 60 long-haul connections as new routes to Seattle, Austin, Denver, Chicago by Norwegian.

Meanwhile, China Airlines will start a four times weekly service to Taipei from 1 December 2017.

Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate says the airport continues to play a vital role in bringing Britain and the world closer together as more and more destinations are added to the range of long-haul services offered.