Busy Spring for BAA

BAA Airports has released its traffic summary for May 2011 which shows that 9.3 million passengers were handled across the company’s six airports during that month.
It was the busiest ever May for Heathrow (5.9 million) and Edinburgh (826,000) and the two airports also experienced their busiest ever spring.
The annual number of passengers for Heathrow alone was a new record at over 68 million and in May 2011 there was passenger number growth of 11.6% on the year before (which was affected by volcanic ash and industrial action).  For the year to date, Heathrow’s traffic is up 9.8% with underlying growth of 2.7%.
Overall, six of the group’s airport, traffic had increased by 9.2% compared with May 2010 (with an underlying growth of 1.7% in the year to date).
In the north of the UK, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports both recorded double digit increases in May 2011 (13.7% and 11.8% respectively and underlying growth of 6.9% and 7.0% respectively).  Traffic at Glasgow increased 7.0%, with an underlying growth of 1.3%.
Stansted saw a second consecutive monthly rise of 0.7% despite an underlying decline of 4.0% in the year to date.  Southampton experienced a traffic loss of 1.1% in the month and an underlying year-to-date decrease of 7.0%.
Cargo tonnage was down by 5.9% at Heathrow and by 5.6% across the group.
The growth in passenger numbers across the six airports indicates a continued recovery of the UK aviation sector.  Heathrow in particular helps the industry to stimulate business travel and inbound tourism.  Crucial links provided by Heathrow include those to Brazil (up 82.0% on May 2010), Russia (up 19.1%) and China (up 9.5%).
Chief Executive of BAA Airports, Colin Matthews, comments:  “Demand is particularly strong on the long-haul routes that connect UK businesses to fast-growing economies around the world.”