BAA's UK airports handled a total of 12.7
million passengers in June 2009, a reduction of 5.9% on the same
month last year.
Despite traffic volumes remaining in decline the
June figures still represent the best underlying group result
since September 2008.
In June 2009, traffic volumes were at
their highest for nine months, setting aside the distortion in
April and March's figures due to the fact that Easter fell in
April this year and in March in 2008.
Although all key markets were lower in
June than a year earlier, all except the European
Charter market improved on their performance for the
last six months.
Domestic traffic was 8.1% down
in June and European Scheduled by 2.8%. North Atlantic
traffic was 9.4% lower, but other long haul traffic was almost
level with last year at -0.2%.
Of the individual airports, Heathrow
recorded a decline of 3.1%, stronger than the other
airports because of its hub status and the resultant
growth in transfer passengers.
Gatwick was 7.6% down on last year,
Stansted was 11.5% down and Southampton was 7.9% down.
For the third consecutive month,
Edinburgh Airport (+1.4%) recorded growth, while Glasgow
and Aberdeen recorded decreases of 10.9% and 9.8%
In total the number of air transport
movements at BAA's UK airports was 6.3% lower in June.
The decline in cargo activity continued but for the
second month in succession there was a marked shrinkage
in the rate of decrease. This had been 21.8% in April
but was 13.7% in June.
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