SSE accuses BAA of unbelievable spin on its February figures
has been accompanied by unbelievable spin with BAA attributing half the decline
to bad weather and the fact that last February had an extra day.
and shows that Stansted handled 19.5% fewer passengers last month compared to the same month
in 2007. Moreover, this is the fourth consecutive month showing this scale of drop in passenger
numbers, indicating the underlying rate of decline at Stansted.
the same period two years ago.
than in any month during the past seven years.
to note that Stansted’s nearest competitor, Luton, recorded 12% growth last year
while Stansted suffered a marked decline. SSE believes that the reason for the
disparity is mainly down to BAA’s 2007 decision to effectively double landing
charges at Stansted for its major airline customers.
because SSE is opposed to the unsustainable expansion of Stansted does not mean
that we favour its contraction. However, BAA should tell it as it is, and avoid
all this misleading spin.”"