BAA: Passenger numbers down due to BA strike
BAA has today reported a fall in passenger numbers at its six British airports, due to seven days of strikes by British Airways (BA) cabin crew.
BAA said passenger traffic fell 1.5% year-on-year in March and lost a total of 200,000 passengers at its UK airports because of the industrial action.
Heathrow airport saw 180,000 fewer passengers during the month because of the strikes, said BAA.
Last month, BA cabin crew embarked on strike action over cost-cutting measures, which included a pay freeze and a switch to part-time working for thousands of staff.
Despite talks to attempt to resolve the matter, BA and the Unite union failed to reach an agreement. As a result of the strike action, BA said it lost between £40 million and £45 million.
Meanwhile, BAA said traffic at Glasgow fell 9.6% in March, while Edinburgh fell 3.3% and Aberdeen saw a 4.4% fall in traffic.
However, BAA highlighted that airports unaffected by the strikes also noted a fall in passenger numbers with Stansted seeing a 4.2% fall in traffic numbers.
In a statement, Colin Matthews, BAA’s chief executive, said: “There is no doubt that the market remains difficult, compounded by industrial action last month.
“Despite the industrial action, Heathrow continued to demonstrate the resilience which comes from its role as the UK’s only hub airport,” he added.