BAA: May passenger numbers hit by volcanic ash cloud
BAA has today reported a further fall in passenger numbers at its six British airports, as a result of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, which affected UK airspace during the month.
BAA, which is majority owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, said passenger traffic fell 4.5% in May year-on-year.
However, London’s Heathrow airport was worst affected seeing a 3% fall in passenger numbers, when it expected to see a 3% increase.
However, the figures were not as bad as the fall noted in passenger numbers for April.
Last month, BAA said passenger traffic fell 22.7% year-on-year in April after flights were cancelled for almost a week during the month due to the ash cloud.
The volcano, located under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier about 100 miles east of the capital Reykjavik, erupted in the early hours of 14 April.
The massive cloud of ash is a threat to safety since it has the ability to damage jet engines as the ash is sucked into the intakes and compacted by the operation of the machines and thereby causing a failure.
However, according to the Met Office, the volcano is no longer emitting ash but a steam plume is now being produced but UK airspace is not expected to be affected.