June traffic down at British airports

BAA’s UK airports handled a total of 13.8 million passengers in June, a decline of 0.6% on June 2006.Of the major markets, European scheduled traffic was up 0.8%, and other long haul traffic grew 4.3%. European charter traffic fell 7.2%. Domestic and Irish Republic traffic fell 3.7% and 4.2% respectively. North Atlantic services were unchanged on a year ago.

Of the individual airports, Gatwick grew 1.3%, whilst Heathrow and Stansted dipped by 1.8% and 1.9% respectively. Southampton fell 1.3%. In Scotland, Aberdeen and Edinburgh saw respective gains of 7.5% and 3.6%. The recent attempted terrorist attack at Glasgow contributed to a fall of 2.4% as over 60% of flights were cancelled or diverted when the airport was temporarily closed in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Less than 24 hours after the incident the airport was reopened and operating a full flight schedule.

The total number of air transport movements at BAA airports rose 0.2%, whilst cargo tonnage was down 4.0%.