Scottish growth drives record June figures at BAA

Scottish growth drives record June figures at BAA

Growth at its Scottish properties saw BAA record its best June on record last month, according to the latest statistics from the airport operator.

All three Scottish airports saw an increase in passengers. 

The fastest growth was recorded at Aberdeen (up 10.1 per cent year-on-year) with Edinburgh up by 7.6 per cent and Glasgow 2.6 per cent. 

June was also a record month for Edinburgh, which has now seen four consecutive months of record traffic.

BAA’s six airports handled a total of 9.9 million passengers during June, up 4.4 per cent when compared to the previous year. 

Heathrow saw its busiest June on record, with 6.1 million passengers travelling through the airport last month, 6.3 per cent above the previous year.

June 2010 saw some impact from industrial action at British Airways.

Removing the effects of this, Heathrow achieved underlying growth of around 3.8 per cent.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA, said: “Heathrow’s position as the UK’s only hub airport enables it to benefit from growth in long-haul routes and emerging economies.

“June’s passenger figures are an early indication of a busy summer, and we will focus on delivering the best possible service standards at our most popular time of year.”

However, Stansted’s traffic was down by 3.3 per cent on last year and there was little change at Southampton (down 0.8 per cent).

Air Asia X earlier confirmed it would move its departure to Kuala Lumpur to Gatwick later this year.

BAA is expected to be told – once again – to sell Stansted, along with one of its Scottish airports, when the Competition Commission releases its final report on the company’s position in the UK market early next week.

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