August 2012 traffic figures – BAA’s airports
Posted: 11 September 2012 | BAA | No comments yet
9.5m passengers passed through BAA’s five airports in August 2012, down 2.0% on August 2011…
9.5m passengers passed through BAA’s five airports in August 2012, down 2.0% on August 2011, including a drop of 1.9% at Heathrow to 6.5 million passengers. The reduction was more pronounced in the first two weeks of August (down 4.6%) than in the rest of the month (up 0.3%). This suggests a continuation of the ‘Olympics effect’ reported in July, with UK passengers staying at home as well as non-Olympic visitors from overseas choosing to defer their journeys.
Within the Heathrow figures, European scheduled traffic declined across the board, with only Denmark and Norway seeing an increase (1.2% and 4.0% respectively). North Atlantic traffic continued to perform well, up 3.0% on last August, whilst Brazil and China increased 9.5% and 4.1%. India was down 8.7%.
Overall, passenger traffic at Heathrow in July and August has been lower than originally expected and the shortfall is not expected to be recovered later in the year.
At Stansted passenger numbers were down 5.2% compared with August 2011, whilst traffic through Southampton declined 6.4%. Traffic through Aberdeen was up 9.2% and at Glasgow up 3.1%, resulting in a total increase at the Scottish airports of 4.9%.
There were encouraging signs in the cargo business compared with August last year, up 2.6% across the group, 13.9% at Stansted and 0.4% at Heathrow.
BAA Chief Executive, Colin Matthews, said:
“We are proud of Heathrow’s performance during London 2012, and warmly thank the volunteers, our own staff and the many other organisations who planned and delivered a warm and efficient welcome to Great Britain. We intend to combine the best of the Games experience with Heathrow’s on-going investment programme to steadily improve the airport for our passengers and airlines.”