By Daniel Hunter

Gatwick airport believes the recent boost in passenger numbers will give it a better chance of getting London's new runway.

The airport recently had its busiest ever six month period. In August, there were 906 air traffic movements at Gatwick, which is a world record for a single-runway airport.

Gatwick is in a battle against Heathrow to be chosen at the location to ease London's growing air travel capacity.

The Aiports Commission has launched a public consultation on the plans. Gatwick is bidding for a second runway. There are two options available at Heathrow - an extension of the North runway and a brand new runway.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said: "Gatwick offers the compelling, credible option of a new runway that can actually be built."

He also described the plans for expansion of Heathrow as "undeliverable".

Turnover at Gatwick was up 8.6% to £391.6 million in the six months to the end of September after it added new routes to European cities.