The CAA has released its latest aviation figures for Q1 2008, which show terminal passenger numbers at UK airports were up by 2% (1.2m) on Q1 2007.
The number of scheduled passengers grew at both London and regional airports, while charter passenger numbers for all airports fell. The London airport passenger growth for quarter 1 was slower than growth at regional airports. The year ending figures support the general trend seen in recent years for faster passenger growth in the regions than at London airports.
Flights to and from UK airports in quarter 1 2008 were down 1% (approximately 5,500) on quarter 1 2007. This was driven principally by a fall in scheduled flights at regional airports. However, from the previous table we can see that regional scheduled passengers numbers grew 4% quarter-on-quarter, indicating an increase in passengers per aircraft at regional airports. A continued quarter-on-quarter increase in scheduled flights at the London airports contributed to an overall growth in flights of 1% at UK airports over the year to quarter 1 2008.