Downturn hits BAA’s Christmas figures

Fewer passengers are flying out of the UK through the country’s main airports this Christmas, according to latest figures released by BAA.
It said that 7.9 million passengers will fly out of its seven UK airports between 15 December and 6 January, compared with 8.2 million over the same period last year - a fall of 4.5%. Gatwick has been particularly badly hit, with a decrease of 8.3% in passenger numbers. Stansted saw passenger numbers fall by just under 7%.BAA said that 281,000 passengers are due to fly out on Christmas Eve and 100,000 on Christmas Day. The busiest day of the holiday period falls on 28 December, when 408,000 people are expected to fly out of UK airports for new year holidays. Another peak will occur on 3 January when 406,000 passengers are expected to travel, mainly returning from abroad.