In August 2011, Heathrow handled 6.6 million
passengers, up 0.7% on the previous year and the airport’s busiest
ever month of August. In another August record, an impressive
82.2% of seats were filled on Heathrow flights.
North Atlantic was the strongest performing
market for Heathrow, with 71,000 more passengers than in August
2010. There was a significant increase in passenger flights on a
number of North Atlantic routes including Montreal (up 50% in
August 2011 compared to August 2010) and Detroit (up 41.9%). These
figures are particularly notable given the impact of Hurricane
Irene. BAA estimates that around 40,000 additional passengers
would have travelled through Heathrow had it not been for the
Overall, BAA’s UK airports handled 10.7 million
passengers in August 2011, an increase of 0.2% on the same month
last year. All markets grew except UK domestic, which was down by
5.5% as a result of reduced capacity. At Heathrow, domestic
traffic fell by 13.2%. Other long-haul traffic grew by 0.6% and
European scheduled was up by 0.3%.
There was strong growth
in passenger numbers at BAA’s Scottish airports. A 3% rise in
passengers made August the sixth consecutive record month for
Edinburgh. Passenger numbers grew by 5.5% at Glasgow and 6.7% at
Aberdeen respectively, compared to August 2010.
saw a 2.4% rise in passengers and Stansted was alone in recording
a drop in traffic of 5.1%. This was a result of cutbacks in
airline capacity. However, Stansted reported a record load factor,
filling 89.3% of seats on its planes.
At BAA Group level
the number of air transport movements fell by 0.2%. For the fifth
time in the last 6 months there was a drop in air cargo tonnage at
BAA’s airports. This is consistent with wider air cargo industry
trends as the growth in world trade decelerates.
Colin Matthews, BAA’s Chief Executive, said, “Together with our
airline customers, we served a record number of passengers this summer. Our passengers tell us we are delivering a better service
for them and we are investing Ł1billion a year in new passenger facilities.”
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