Cheap flights across the Atlantic helped to boost the number of passengers passing through Gatwick airport to a record 3.2 million last month.
The airport, which hopes to beat larger rival Heathrow in the race for a new runway, enjoyed its busiest ever April, with Norwegian’s new long-haul routes to the US proving particularly popular.
A commission led by Sir Howard Davies is deciding where a new runway in the South-east should be located.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s chief executive, said: “Now is the time for a final decision on extra runway capacity. Decades of debate must now turn to action. The fact remains, a new runway at Gatwick can be delivered quicker, cheaper, more simply and at a fraction of the overwhelming environmental costs that face Heathrow.”
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