July was a record month for Heathrow but other UK airports falter
outside London suffered flat or falling traffic.
Heathrow in July, a 3.5 per cent jump on the same month last year.
and a temporary cessation in industrial action by British Airways cabin crew.
visitors and the fact that it remains a crucial transfer hub for long-haul flights
that start outside the UK.
where additional capacity drove an increase of 9.5 per cent. It also benefited
from strong demand from Brazil, Russia, China and India.
for passengers who use London to transfer to other destinations,” a BAA spokesman
been for the volcanic ash or BA industrial action.” However, he warned: “We are
not yet out of the woods.”
in London’s economy, given that business passengers account for about one-third
of its traffic.
behind a 7.2% slump in passengers numbers to 2.02 million in July.
suffered a 4.1 per cent slump in passengers to 276.9 million last month, which
was slightly worse than 3.6 per cent fall at Glasgow. Meanwhile, passenger numbers
rose marginally by 0.6 per cent at Edinburgh.
In July BAA’s airports handled 0.3% more passengers than in July 2009
to July 2009 (which was itself up +0.9% compared to July 2008). However, for
BAA’s UK airports as a whole, passengers were up by only + 03% this July, and
they were down yet again at Stansted, – 7.2%. Passengers were down -3.6% at Glasgow,
down – 1.4% at Southampton, down – 4.1% at Aberdeen, but up +0.6% at Edinburgh.
Air transport movements were down slightly – 0.4% for all BAA’s UK airports, and
air cargo was up by +17.9% .
said. Across all airports, European passengers increased by +2.9%, while long-haul
traffic was up by +0.5%. But domestic traffic was -4.6% lower than last year.