BAA reports 9.2% rise in May passenger numbers

| June 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Airports operator BAA has today reported a sharp rise in passenger numbers at its six British airports in May.

BAA, which is majority owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, said 9.3 million passengers flew from its UK airports during the month, boosted by the late Easter holiday and the Royal Wedding, which led to an increase in the early part of the month.

According to BAA, the volcano eruption in Iceland only led to a slight fall in traffic.

Meanwhile, Heathrow, which is the UK’s main airport, experienced an 11.6% rise in passenger numbers, serving 5.9 million travellers – the busiest May on record.

Meanwhile, BAA’s Scottish airports – Edinburgh and Aberdeen both experienced double digit increases, while Glasgow traffic grew 7%.

Stansted airport boasted its second consecutive monthly rise but Southampton saw a drop in passenger numbers.

BAA’s chief executive, Colin Matthews, comments: “Demand is particularly strong on the long-haul routes that connect UK businesses to fast-growing economies around the world.”

BAA said traffic to Brazil is 82% higher on an annual basis, while traveller numbers to Russia are up 19%. China and India passenger numbers are both up by 9.5% and 5.4% respectively.

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