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BAA reports 2.5% rise in July passenger numbers

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by Kay Mitchell

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

BAA, which is majority-owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, said 11 million passengers flew from its UK airports during the month – a rise of 0.8% on an annual basis.

Meanwhile, Heathrow, which is the UK’s main airport, saw a record 6.9 million passengers last month. The airport experienced its busiest day history on Sunday 31 July, according to BAA.

Meanwhile, BAA’s Scottish airports – Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen all saw growth in passenger numbers.

Southampton saw growth of 2.4% but Stansted passenger numbers were down 7.2%.

BAA’s chief executive, Colin Matthews, comments: “The growth in passenger traffic at Heathrow in July is good news for UK jobs, tourism and growth.

“Heathrow’s unique role in linking the UK to the world’s emerging markets is vital to Britain’s economic recovery,” he added.

Finally, BAA said traffic to Brazil is 80% higher on an annual basis, while traveller numbers to North America and are up 5.4%.

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