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Heathrow Records Busiest Ever Day in July 2010

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The number of people travelling through BAA's UK airports increased by 0.3% to 10.9 million in July 2010.

Heathrow recorded its busiest ever month, with 6.7 million people making journeys through the airport - 3.5% more than last year. Sunday, 18 July was Heathrow's busiest ever day, with 232,000 passengers.

Across BAA, the fastest growing market in July was Europe, with an increase of 2.9% combining both charter and scheduled flights. Long-haul traffic was up by 0.5% but domestic traffic was 4.6% lower than last year.

The main source of passenger growth at Heathrow was the European market, where additional capacity fuelled an increase of 9.5%.

At Stansted, a near 8% drop in seats offered produced a similar drop of 7.2% in passengers, while in Scotland additional capacity helped to produce an overall increase of 6.6% in passengers travelling to and from Europe.

At the individual airports, Aberdeen's traffic fell by 4.1%, Edinburgh grew by 0.6% and Glasgow recorded a drop of 3.6%. Southampton's July numbers were down 1.4%, while traffic at Naples increased by 6.1% in the month.

In total, the number of air transport movements at BAA's UK airports was 0.4% down on last year (Heathrow was up 2.9%), while cargo activity remained very strong with a 17.9% an increase across the group and a 19.1% increase at Heathrow.

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