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Scots airports lead passenger rise

14 April 2011 13:59

The six UK airports run by BAA handled an increased number of passengers last month

The six UK airports run by BAA handled an increased number of passengers last month

The six UK airports operated by BAA have dealt with a rise in the number of passengers last month.

A total of 8.3 million people passed through the six airports in March 2011 - a 0.9% increase during the same period last year.

BAA said the number of passengers at Heathrow and its three Scottish airports have improved significantly compared with March last year, when travellers were affected by the strike action at British Airways.

The number of passengers in Heathrow Airport rose by 2.3% last month compared with March 2010, while Aberdeen was up 8.6%, Edinburgh 7.2% and Glasgow increased 2.4%.

However, passenger numbers fell 7.4% at Stansted Airport, while Southampton was down 8.7%.

Comparing figures between April 2010 and April 2011 may be a difficult task as more travellers plan on Easter getaways this April, while the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud crisis last April led to many flight cancellations.

An increase in flights is also expected this month because of the royal wedding on April 29.

Frequent travellers must make it a point to have a cost-effective travel insurance policy to deal with any losses they may incur during their journey.

Meanwhile Gatwick Airport, which was formerly run by BAA and now operated by US-based investment fund Global Infrastructure Partner, handled 1.4% more passengers last month than in April last year.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said: "Heathrow's performance is solid, and the growth in traffic at our Scottish airports is encouraging."