Long-haul routes have boosted Gatwick Airport’s cargo volumes and in April the gateway saw a 27.2 per cent increase on the same month last year.
The airport says this demonstrates Gatwick’s key role connecting Britain to important growth markets when these links have never been more crucial.
In April, Gatwick handled 7,142 tonnes, up on the 5,615 tonnes in April 2016.
On a rolling 12 month basis, cargo tonnage is up 20 per cent to 82,666 tonnes, a rise on the 68,891 in the previous 12 months.
Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate says: “Our booming long-haul routes have driven a huge cargo increase and at this crucial time for the country and the economy, Gatwick continues to stand ready and offers the UK Government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion.”