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BAA's UK Airports report April 2006 Traffic

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Wednesday, 10 May 2006

BAAs UK airports handled a total of 12.4 million passengers in April 2006, an increase of 7.8% on the previous year. Combining the results for March and April, which eliminates the impact of Easter falling later this year, reveals an increase of 3.2% over 2005.

All major markets, with the exception of UK Domestic, which dropped 1.3%, recorded strong growth. European scheduled traffic was up 10.8% and European charters, gaining most from the later Easter holiday, were 4.2% ahead. North Atlantic activity was 4.8% higher, while there was a collective increase of 15% on other Long Haul routes.

Of the individual airports, Stansted saw the largest gain at 16.2%. Gatwick was up 12.5%, Aberdeen recorded its fifth successive double-digit increase at 10%, and Southampton was up 10.5%. Heathrows traffic rose 4.3% to 5.8 million. Increases at Glasgow and Edinburgh were more modest at 2.2% and 1.7% respectively. Also helped by the late Easter was Naples where passenger volume rose 14.9%.

In total BAAs UK airports saw an increase of 1.3% in the number of air transport movements. Cargo tonnage fell 4.2% as a result of a drop in output associated with the holiday period.

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