London Gatwick has welcomed 46 million passengers within the final twelve months – the primary time ever the airport has achieved this passenger milestone.
Gatwick additionally claimed it had been in a position to serve extra passengers whereas on the identical time decreasing the variety of residents inside its noise footprint.
The realm within the airport’s noise footprint, the usual measurement 57dB leq contour, has decreased by 9 per cent since 2008 whereas numbers of flights within the final decade have grown 9 per cent.
This discount has been pushed by lots of the airport’s new routes being flown by new era plane, for instance the Airbus A320neo – plane that are as much as 50 per cent quieter on departure than the present fashions which they’re changing.
Extra not too long ago Gatwick has targeted on incentivising airways to change their present plane fleet.
Some 97 per cent of the Airbus A320 household of plane flying from Gatwick, which account for half of the entire airport’s flights, have been modified to cut back noise.
This modification was a major think about decreasing the airport’s noise footprint by three per cent within the final full calendar yr based on unbiased noise evaluation by the Civil Aviation Authority, regardless of a 3 per cent improve in visitors over the identical interval.
Gatwick has seen a 41 per cent improve in passenger numbers within the final eight years pushed by the airport’s new international connections, with long-haul passengers rising 21.three per cent within the final yr alone, and the final twelve months seeing Gatwick’s highest-ever buyer satisfaction ranges within the airport’s passenger survey.
In response to passenger demand for Gatwick’s international connectivity, the airport has revealed its draft grasp plan, setting out the airport’s imaginative and prescient for progress to the 2030s.
The publication of Gatwick’s draft grasp plan displays division for transport steerage for airports to offer common updates on their long-term plans, and responds to the federal government’s latest name for airports to ‘make finest use of their current runways’.
The airport is now eager to encourage responses to a 12-week public session it has launched to assemble suggestions and views on the draft grasp plan.
All responses can be reviewed earlier than a closing model of the grasp plan is agreed subsequent yr.
London Gatwick, chief govt, Stewart Wingate stated: “We’re delighted to have welcomed 46 million passengers to Gatwick within the final yr which is testomony to the onerous work and innovation of all employees working on the airport.
“At Gatwick we work onerous with our airways to make sure that the upper passenger numbers utilizing the airport, attracted by new and improved companies, are balanced by noise enhancements for our native neighbours.
“Our ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable airport has already seen us turn into the primary carbon impartial London airport and likewise the primary airport to realize zero waste to landfill.”