For the year 2008, a total of 145.8 million passengers
travelled through BAA’s UK airports, an overall drop of 2.8% compared to
2007. During December, BAA’s seven UK airports handled a total of 10.2
million passengers, a decrease of 6.9% on the same month last year.
Compared to 2007, Heathrow’s overall number of
passengers dropped by just 1.4% in 2008. Gatwick was down by 2.8%
and Stansted witnessed a drop of 6% year on year.
After three months of worsening results the
December figures represented a smaller drop than recorded in
November, almost certainly attributable to the strength of demand
for the Christmas-period travel.
Over the month as a whole European scheduled
traffic was 6.5% lower and North Atlantic fell by 6.7%. Other long
haul routes saw a dip of just 2.8%. UK Domestic and Irish markets
both recorded decreases of 8.8%.
Among individual airports Heathrow was down by
2.3%, helped by its greater share of the currently stronger
markets and by the continued gains arising from the Open Skies
agreement. Gatwick was down overall by 13.8% within which its
North Atlantic traffic, partly as a result of Open Skies losses to
Stansted was 13% down on last year and
Southampton was -5.4%. In Scotland the trend for each airport
improved when compared to the November results with Edinburgh
-2.5%, Aberdeen -3.2% and Glasgow 10.7% lower. Year on year, the
Scottish airports carried 3.6% less passengers in 2008 compared to
In total the number of air transport movements
was 5.8% lower than last December as many airlines trimmed
services in line with weakening demand. After a three month
sequence of gradually declining figures air cargo tonnage fell by
15.1% in December.
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