BAA's UK airports recorded further signs of
stabilising traffic figures with the results for July 2009, which
was the busiest July at Heathrow since 2006 and Heathrow's
third-busiest month on record.
In July 2009, BAA airports handled 14.5 million
passengers, down 2.4% compared to July 2008, following decreases
of 5.9% in June and 7.3% in May.
Heathrow handled 6.5
million passengers in July, an increase of 0.9% on July 2008.
Across the group as a whole there was a return to growth of
1.2% in European scheduled traffic and 4.8% in long haul traffic,
excluding North Atlantic, with Heathrow up by 5.5%.
domestic traffic was 4.8% lower and European charters fell by
18.6%. North Atlantic traffic was 8.0% lower overall but only by
2.1% at Heathrow.
Results at Gatwick and Stansted also
improved. At Gatwick the reduction on last year was cut from 7.6%
in June to 4.8% in July, largely thanks to a 5.8% increase in
European scheduled traffic. At Stansted the improvement was even
more pronounced, from a drop of 11.5% in June to one of 5.7% in
In Scotland, Edinburgh's traffic grew by 5.6%, the
fourth consecutive month the capital's airport has recorded
growth. At Glasgow, traffic was down by 12.9% and at Aberdeen, the
airport handled 9% fewer passengers than July 2008. The decline in
traffic at Southampton was reduced from 7.9% in June to 0.9% in
Overall the number of air transport movements at
BAA's UK airports was down by 5.1%. At Heathrow the reduction in
flights (-3%), combined with the increase in passengers,
produced the highest ever figure for the average number of
passengers per aircraft - at 162. The three regulated London
airports together recorded a 2% reduction, bolstered by Heathrow's
Cargo activity, as measured by tonnes
carried, although still lower year on year, was also on an
improving trend with the rate of decrease cut to 11.7% in July.
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