By Daniel Hunter

Gatwick Airport has seen a 2.5% rise in yearly profits, boosted by new routes to China and Russia.

The British capital's second largest airport said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation rose 2.5% to £227.1 million for the year to the end of March. In the same period revenues increased by 4.2 percent to 538.9 million pounds.

"Although economic headwinds have remained strong, Gatwick has delivered stable financial results in line with expectations," said Chief Executive Stewart Wingate.

"It has also been a positive year for welcoming new airlines to Gatwick and attracting new links to key growth markets including China, Russia, Indonesia and Turkey, adding to existing routes which have been expanded such as our services to Vietnam."

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