Freight traffic has declined from 391,000 tonnes in 2000 to 78,000 tonnes in 2016.
Gatwick is the second largest airport in the UK, and has a serious adverse effect on the environment, both globally and locally.
In 2016 there were 280,089 traffic movements (ie take-offs and landings), an average of 767 a day (but far more in summer). This is only 8% above 260,000 reached in 2000, a rate of growth of half of 1% a year.
Since it bought the airport, Gatwick Airport Ltd has paid little or no corporation tax. This has been achieved by paying a high rate of interest on money borrowed from subsidiary companies in tax havens abroad. See Research Study.