Passenger decline eases at BAA airports

Passenger decline eases at BAA airports

The number of travellers using major UK airports fell to its lowest level for nine months in June, according to new figures from BAA.

The airport operator said a total of 12.7 million passengers passed through its airports last month, a reduction of 5.9% on the same period last year. But this represented the strongest underlying figure since last September, and suggesting that the worse could be over.

Domestic traffic was down 8.1% in June, European scheduled flight passengers were reduced by 2.8% and travellers on North Atlantic routes were 9.4% lower.

Edinburgh was the only airport to register a rise in traveller numbers, up 1.4% and its third consecutive month of growth.

Heathrow recorded a comparatively modest fall of 3.1%, whilst Gatwick fell 7.6%. Stansted came out worst of BA’s portfolio of seven airports, falling 11.5% in June, and down 14.4% in the first half of 2000.

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Glasgow and Aberdeen dropped 10.9% and 9.8% respectively.

BAA remains caught up in a battle against the Competition Commission’s decision to make it sell three of its airports, including Gatwick and Stansted, plus either Glasgow or Edinburgh.