BAA passenger numbers rise less in November because of snow and bad weather
expected last month because of the cold weather.
million, but BAA said the rise would have been 2.7% without the snow.
with “the worst snow for decades”.
number of passengers using Heathrow, the main international airport, hit 5.24
million, a rise of 4.3% over November 2009 and the fifth consecutive monthly record.
low-cost airline capacity.
5.3%), two of the fastest-growing economies in the world.
November traffic figures – BAA’s airports Resilient airports deliver growth with fuller planes Heathrow sets fifth consecutive monthly traffic record, up 4.3% BAA group traffic up 1.0% Strong long-haul growth to North America, China and India
month last year, leading to a fifth consecutive record month.
in load factors – showing how full planes are – at Heathrow (up 1.0%) to 71.7%
and at group level (up 1.3%) to 72.1%.
numbers by around 130,000 across BAA’s six airports. Without the bad weather,
the underlying result would have been an increase of 2.7%.
7.5%. North Atlantic services carried 4.4% more passengers and other long haul
routes recorded a collective increase of 2.1%. China (including Hong Kong) rose
by 9.7% and India increased 5.3%, reflecting how important these links are to securing the UK’s economic future.
1.0 percent compared with the same period last year. Domestic traffic was the
only major market to see a decrease, down -3.6 percent due mainly to weather disruption.
of – 7.6% at Stansted, while at Southampton most of the – 3.2% decrease can be
attributed to the adverse weather late in the month.
last year’s November total. However, as a result of the snow, volumes fell by
0.8 percent. Snow disruption was worst in the east of Scotland, and Edinburgh
(down 3.9 percent) lost at least 50,000 passengers while Aberdeen (down 1.9 percent)
lost around 15,000.
was up by 2.8 percent, indicating that the global economic recovery is continuing
as retailers ready their warehouses and stores for the Christmas rush.
prepared it has been and also reflects strong demand for long-haul travel. Because
business travellers make up a third of its passengers, with more than half living
outside the UK, Heathrow is less reliant on the British consumer sector and performs
in line with the broader international economic environment and UK export sector
which continues to improve.
of carriers relocating to foreign bases.
people understand that safety comes first. We have invested in winter preparations
and have worked around the clock to keep our airports running. But it is not just
about clearing snow, it’s also about landing and take-off rates and weather at
destination airports. Heathrow and Stansted have remained open throughout, but
elsewhere and across Europe some airport closures were inevitable.
returned people’s bags quicker ² and improved passengers’ journeys.
and building a brand new Terminal 2 – the biggest private development in the country.
We have a long way to go but real progress has been made in cutting queues, improving
service and upgrading the older terminals.
fuller aircraft, allowing us to make better use of the scarce resources we have
at Heathrow. We’re adjusting our landing charges to further incentivise greener,
more efficient aircraft to benefit the industry, passengers and local community.
as we head towards Christmas and into the New Year."
BAA traffic summary: November 2010 Market comparison – UK airports November 2010
destination of aircraft in the case of multi-sector flights.
in less than five minutes 97.9 percent of the time.
touched down. This is one minute ahead of our target of 35 minutes, and three
minutes quicker than our 2009 figure of 37 minutes.
10 December 2009