Oakland, San Francisco proved to be the long-haul destination with the biggest growth at Gatwick in December, as the number of passengers travelling there increased by 97 per cent on the previous year.
The airport said its long-haul push has been rapidly taking off, with new routes to Singapore, Denver and Seattle added, leading to a 16 per cent year-on-year rise in passenger numbers.
Monarch Airlines' slots for summer 2018 have been allocated to Jet2.com, TUI and Thomas Cook Airlines flights.
― AFP picLONDON, Jan 13 ― London Heathrow had a record-breaking year in 2017 with 77.98 million passengers traveling through the British capital's airport in 2017.
Gatwick had its busiest December on record, with 3.2m passengers travelling through the airport, up 1.5 per cent on the same time in 2016.
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London's Heathrow Airport, which has operated its two runways close to capacity since the start of the decade, managed to squeeze in 2.3 million more passengers a year ago as airlines deployed bigger planes and carried more people per flight. North America is the second largest market for the London airport, with 17.35 million passengers. In December 2017, traffic was up +1.5% year-on-year to 1.8 million.
Heathrow Airport has recorded its busiest ever year.
It comes after both Heathrow and Stansted reported their best years to date yesterday.
"In 2018, our aim is to continue growing our passenger numbers and provide even more choice, so we were absolutely delighted to announce just before Christmas that Emirates will begin operating a new service to Dubai from Stansted in June".
"The positive passenger growth at Stansted was driven by increased choice from many of our airline partners, particularly Ryanair who experienced another strong year, and the very successful opening of Jet2.com's first base in the south of England back in March", said O'Toole.