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UK airport passenger numbers up

26 January 2009 10:48

UK airport passenger numbers up

More people chose to travel by air last year than in 2006, according to new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The research shows that 241 million passengers flew in and out of UK airports in 2007 – both for business and pleasure.

The data marks a 2.4 per cent rise on the number of people handled by the country's airports in 2006.

Gatwick saw the biggest growth in passenger figures, while customer numbers at Heathrow, Luton and London City all rose by half a million.

The increase in travel makes taking out holiday insurance even more essential, with cover available for lost luggage, medical expenses and more.

Those heading off on adventure holidays or taking part in sports activities when abroad will need to check that their travel insurance covers them for any eventuality.

As the Easter bank holiday approaches, thousands of Brits are preparing to leave the UK and jet off for snowy destinations such as Switzerland and Austria for a spot of skiing. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18511014-ADNFCR