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Guernsey Airline records record numbers at Gatwick as they introduce new staff to the airport

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Aurigny’s lifeline Gatwick route has continued to deliver record passenger numbers over the last three months, as the airline gets ready to introduce its own team of staff at the London airport.

The route carried more than 88,500 passengers during these months (August-October), which is the highest number it has ever carried during this period.

After carrying over 31,200 passengers to and from the London Gatwick in August – a record month for any Aurigny route – there were further positive figures in September and October.

September saw the Gatwick route serve over 30,000 passengers, a record number for that month and an increase of 1,300 compared to 2016.

In October, a traditionally quieter month, the route carried over 28,500 passengers, up a further 1,000 passengers on 2016.

Aurigny Commercial Director Malcolm Coupar said:

“It’s great to see this high level of travel continuing month-on-month and it looks like we are going to have a really strong end to the year, with bookings up for both November and December. From April to the end of October we have seen over 8,000 extra passengers on the Gatwick route compared to the same period last year – up by around 4%.

“With growing numbers, we have recently increased capacity to and from Gatwick, with extra Saturday flights this winter, and these have really proved popular with our customers. This continued higher level of travel to and from Guernsey is not only important for the airline, but really positive news for the island, and the economy. It’s great to see the route, in both directions, going from strength-to-strength, thanks to the ongoing support from our customers.”

In another important step to enhance the service, Aurigny is now completing final training with its new team of staff at London Gatwick, ahead of next month’s launch of the airline’s ground handling operations at the London airport.

At the beginning of December, the team of over 20 Aurigny staff begin ground operations at the London airport, so customers will be able to deal directly with the airline throughout their journey.

Mr Coupar said:

“With the Gatwick route growing in popularity, we see this as a really big step in providing the very best level of service to our customers. It will help us improve the way we handle disruption, improve our customer service and ensure we give our customers the very best possible experience. “This can only help to maintain the growth on this popular route, a lifeline link for the island.”

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Gatwick introduces new Shanghai route

“Long-haul connections to China and other non-European nations will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain” – Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO

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Gatwick has today announced a new long-haul connection from London Gatwick to Shanghai – China’s largest city – as Gatwick say they recorded year-on-year long-haul growth of +20.8% during July.

The new service will be flown by China Eastern – the country’s second biggest airline – and will connect the UK to one of the world’s leading business centres, providing over 70,000 seats and more than 3,700 metric tonnes of new cargo capacity each year.

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Shanghai is seen as the showpiece of China’s dramatic economic growth and, like London, is a global financial centre. It is also the leading city driving the Yangtze River Economic Zone – a region accounting for 20% of China’s GDP and responsible for a third of the country’s imports and exports.

The launch of the new route follows the busiest July in Gatwick’s history, which saw the volume of cargo handled by the airport grow by +28.8% year-on-year as a direct result of its soaring long-haul growth.

Gatwick say their Asia routes grew by +134.8% compared with July last year, while the airport’s US connections continue to prove popular, with New York +67.5%, Boston +58.7% and Las Vegas +32.5%. Tampa saw a +5.3% increase in passenger numbers in July, ahead of the launch of new Norwegian flights from Gatwick to the Florida city this October.

The new China Eastern Airlines service to Shanghai will begin on 7 December 2018. The Airbus A330-200 will depart from Gatwick on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:00 and will fly to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said:

“I’m delighted to welcome China Eastern to Gatwick and look forward to the start of this vital new link to Shanghai which, like London, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important cities and business hubs. Starting from such a strong position gives this new route every chance of success, as it will be popular with business passengers travelling between the two economic centres, as well as leisure passengers keen to sample the excitement of China’s largest city.

 “July’s traffic figures demonstrate that Gatwick’s long-haul network is driving the airport’s growth. These connections to China and other non-European countries will take on extra significance in a post-Brexit Britain as we become more reliant on them to generate vital growth through trade and by exploiting the other business opportunities that they provide.”

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