BAA airports note passenger rise

17 October 2011 11:21

The six BAA airports handled a total of 10.8 million passengers last month

The six BAA airports handled a total of 10.8 million passengers last month

BAA's six UK airports handled an increased number of passengers in September, figures have shown.

The airports handled a total of 10.8 million passengers last month - 1% higher than 12 months earlier, BAA said.

The data shows that Heathrow saw passenger numbers increase 1.4% when compared to figures for September 2010.

It is likely that the majority of passengers taking holidays will also have arranged travel insurance before boarding their flights.

Passenger numbers at Aberdeen were up 11.3%, Glasgow was up 3.2% and Edinburgh saw a 3% rise.

The figures also showed that Southampton handled 0.7% more passengers than in September 2010.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said: "Passenger numbers rose in September, with stronger growth across the group than in July and August.

"Slightly softer Heathrow traffic in the latter part of September, vigilance in the near term from individual carriers and problems facing the European economy make us cautious about predicting traffic growth trends in the coming months.

"However, Heathrow is expected to demonstrate its previous resilience if a more challenging economic environment emerges."

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