Game of Thrones fans help Gatwick Airport break record for passenger numbers

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The Sussex airport has attributed its attainment in part to the loyal fans of Game of Thrones — which is preparing to circulate its seventh season. 

Visitors flying to Northern Ireland to see the HBO TV show’s set attired in b be committed to bolstered passenger numbers at Gatwick, according to the airport.  

There were 43 million riders who passed through Gatwick in 2016, up by three million on the year forward of. 

December saw a record 15 per cent increase in passenger numbers on the verbatim at the same time month in 2015. 

The destination with the biggest passenger increase in 2016 was Belfast — unequalled to the Game of Thrones credit. 

Belfast International welcomed almost 400,000 (388,486) numerous passengers last year than in 2015. That’s a staggering rise of 83 per cent. 

A Gatwick spokesperson said: “The Game of Thrones aftermath is well and truly established”.

Numbers at the airport were also boosted by a 27 per cent prong in long-haul services. 

Gatwick also pointed to Prince Harry’s journeys to Toronto to see his girlfriend Meghan Markle, for boosting the long-haul figures.  

Canada’s excellent of Ontario reported a 97 per cent increase in passengers headed to Gatwick. 

The unwavering said: “Holiday-makers have been inspired by Prince Harry’s voyages, with Toronto being the long-haul destination with the biggest voyager increase, 191,124 passengers in 2016.”

The airport tipped Barbados, Dubai, Jamaica, Las Vegas, New York and Vancouver to be the most non-professional long-haul destinations for 2017. 

Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Venice were foreshadowed as the most popular short-haul flights this year. 

Gatwick’s shipment metric tonnage also rose 13 per cent in 2016. 

Chief chairman of the board Stewart Wingate said: “This milestone is an impressive conclusion to 2016, the year that saw the 80th anniversary of the Dialect right first flight from Gatwick.

“Gatwick’s booming long-haul armed forces and increased cargo volumes illustrate the vital contribution the airport go ons to make to the local and national economy, in the airport’s busiest-ever December, as we go on to offer the UK government a credible and deliverable option for runway expansion.”

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