Gatwick Airport has reported its busiest ever June, with a total of 4.4 million passengers travelling through the airport.

It represents a rise in passenger figures for a 52nd consecutive month.

Popular destinations among passengers include Keflavik, Iceland, Bermuda and San Jose and Costa Rica.

There's been a 37.3 per cent rise in flights to Iceland on last year.
There’s been a more than 37 per cent rise in flights to Iceland compared to last year.

The airport has recently announced new long-haul routes to Seattle, Austin, Denver and Chicago later this year.

Meanwhile, China Airlines will begin a four-times weekly service to Taipei from December.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer of Gatwick Airport said:

“Gatwick continues to demonstrate its vital role in bringing Britain and the world closer together as more and more destinations right across the globe are added to the range of long-haul services we offer.

“We’re seeing strong passenger response to our new connections across the globe as we break through 45 million annual passengers for the first time ever.

“It’s a stark fact that Gatwick is the only airport in the world’s top 20 for passenger growth that has a single runway.”

The airport’s annual passenger total has reached a new record of 45.1 million.

During June, North Atlantic routes grew by over ten per cent, with Californian destinations proving particularly popular.

The biggest growing routes since last year are Oakland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Stewart added:

“We’re gearing up for our busiest summer yet, with once again lots of new things in store for our passengers, as we welcome Jamie Oliver bringing his new restaurant The Diner to the airport.”

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