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Positive growth in Gatwick's long-haul routes

Figures have been released showing substantial growth in long-haul traffic from Gatwick airport.

BAA Gatwick airport has released traffic figures for October, revealing substantial growth in long-haul activity.

North American traffic from Gatwick grew by 11.3 per cent last month compared to 2006, while other long-haul routes saw passenger numbers rise by 13.1 per cent.

The European scheduled market also performed well from the London hub, with passenger numbers climbing by 9.6 per cent.

Overall, more than three million passengers travelled through Gatwick in October, which is an annual increase of 4.9 per cent.

Andy Flower, managing director of the hub, which offers a range of airport parking options, said that the growth was partly down to the diversity of routes on offer to travellers.

"I am delighted that Gatwick airport is enjoying such positive growth in the North American and long-haul markets," he commented.

"The diverse range of flights has stimulated the growth in Gatwick's passenger numbers which will reach 35 million a year by the end of 2007."

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