BAA reports 3.3% rise in September passenger numbers

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Airports operator BAA has today reported a rise in passenger numbers at its six British airports in September - picking up from recent falls.

BAA, which is majority owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, said passenger traffic grew 3.3% in September year-on-year.

The group said 9.9 million passengers flew from its UK airports during the month.

Meanwhile, BAA said Heathrow airport experienced its busiest September ever - with journeys to destinations like Brazil, Russia, India and China (the so-called BRIC countries) growing in popularity.

Heathrow, which is the UK’s main airport, saw over 6.2 million passengers last month - a 7.6% rise on September 2009 and represents the biggest year-on-year monthly increase since July 2004.

The figures will boost hopes that the industry is picking up after being hammered during the economic downturn.

BAA said it had noted that “business people are travelling again”.

In the meantime, cargo imports and exports continued to surpass levels experienced prior to the recession, growing 11.85% across the group to 144,469 tonnes.

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