LONDON – According to data supplied by RadarBox.com, London Gatwick Airport has experienced an 800%+ increase in flight movements compared to the same period last year.
The airport’s high percentage figure is very significant, as the airport slowly creeps up to that of pre-pandemic levels.
As we have seen also, the airport has been having problems dealing with that level of capacity, which has resulted in flight cancellations amid the travel chaos.
June 18-25 saw the airport handle around 793 flights, which is a staggering increase of 832.94% compared to the same period in 2021 when only 85 movements were recorded.
To catch up to pre-pandemic numbers, the airport is missing roughly 145 flights, which is a lot but not far away.
Below, you can see statistics for the rest of June:
- May 28-June 4 – 786 movements (+461.43% increase).
- June 4-11 – 805 movements (+836.05% increase).
- June 11-18 – 791 movements (+864.63% increase).
2nd Busiest in the UK…
These figures do indeed indicate that London Gatwick is the 2nd busiest airport in the UK after London Heathrow, and has a healthy gap to that of Manchester Airport.
As expected, London Heathrow is the busiest in the country with around 1,202 movements recorded on June 26. The question next is how does the airport fare against other European airports?
When you compare Gatwick to airports in Europe that are relative in capacity, there is an average of anywhere between 600-900 flights per day.
Gatwick is up there in the list of airports noted above, with Munich and Barcelona among those who operate more than the airport does, but the gaps are small.
Obviously, as the Summer 2022 schedule continues, we could see these numbers shift at any point, but it is also dependent on whether the travel chaos gets under any form of control at all.
For the rest of this week, it is unclear how many flights will operate out of Gatwick, especially with this travel chaos continuing to affect the airport severely.
Slot constraints are a big thing in Europe and in UK airports like Gatwick at the moment, so it will be interesting to see whether the unused slots will be utilized or not.
This is something that happens at Lisbon Airport for example, with Ryanair arguing with TAP Portugal about this.
It remains clear that London Gatwick Airport is definitely heading in the right direction when you look at the statistics only. However, more work is needed.
The airport needs to handle the travel chaos better, as do airports around the UK & Europe. If this isn’t handled quickly, then this could have a detriment on the numbers moving forward.
Looking ahead, it is going to be interesting to see how much busier Gatwick will become, especially as the Summer season progresses as well as looking ahead to Summer 2023, as that is expected to be just as busy as well.
But for now, solve the problems, and the rest will be a perspective of reward, success, and lessons learned in this Summer season.