The number of people who travelled through Gatwick Airport in August increased compared with last year, according to official figures for the travel hub.
There was a 3.6% rise in passenger numbers to 132,500 during the period as the airport continued its trend of year-on-year increases.
Passenger numbers were particularly pushed up by year-on-year growth during the school summer holidays, with around half a million people travelling through Gatwick over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Dalaman in Turkey were the most travelled to locations from the airport during this time.
A spokeswoman for Gatwick Airport said: “Over-all capacity was up by 86,000 seats, with growth to a wide range of Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Canadian destinations.”
Gatwick also recorded its highest ever average load factors during the month. This is the ratio of average load to capacity, making for greater efficiency and performance.
The spokeswoman added: “Average load factors rose 1.4 percentage points to 88.4% this month compared to the same month last year, resulting in Gatwick’s highest ever average load factors.”
The airport, which is the second busiest in the UK, also saw air transport movements rise by 2.1%, with short haul markets making gains in particular.
Planes from Gatwick travel to more than 200 destinations in 90 countries and around 32 million passengers use the airport every year.
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