A strong performance by Heathrow Airport helped boost BAA’s passenger haul in January.
Some 7.5 million passengers travelled through its six airports across the UK during the month – up 3.8% on January last year.
Heathrow saw the number of passengers travelling through its airport increase by 4.6% to 5.05 million – its highest monthly figure for four years. It also enjoyed its strongest long-haul performance ever.
However this year’s overall figures were boosted by the fact that heavy snowfall affected passenger numbers travelling out of the UK in January last year.
Stansted Airport passenger numbers fell 5.8% last month, but Edinburgh was up 13.6%, Aberdeen rose 9.1%, Glasgow increased 8.0% and Southampton had a 4.8% rise.
European scheduled traffic rose 2.7% while North Atlantic numbers increased 3.2%.
Other long-haul routes rose 4.5%, including increases of 30% on routes to China and rises of 10% on Indian services.
The January 2011 figures follow the troubled month endured by BAA in December 2010 when the company faced widespread criticism for the long delays for Heathrow Airport passengers trying to get away for Christmas during the early-winter bad weather.
BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said: “Passengers want quality service at our airports, from the beginning to the end of their journeys. The better we collaborate with airlines and ground handlers, the better the experience will be for customers both in normal operations and during disruption.”
Copyright Press Association 2011