Long-haul route growth boosts Gatwick Airport’s tonnage

New long-haul routes and greater global connectivity such as Qatar Airways’ new service to Doha helped boost cargo in May at London Gatwick Airport.

Last month, the airport handled 8,706 tonnes, a 14.8 per cent rise on the 7,585 tonnes in May 2017.

On a moving annual basis over the last 12 months, cargo tonnage is up 25.8 per cent to 105,532 tonnes, compared to the 83,873 tonnes in the previous 12 months.

Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, Stewart Wingate said: “May was another successful month for Gatwick’s long-haul route network, with substantial growth in our existing routes, as well as the welcome addition of new Qatar Airways flights to Doha.

“This service makes it even easier for our passengers to reach onward destinations in Asia and Australia, and also provides increased cargo capacity – further demonstrating the vital role that Gatwick continues to play for Britain.”