Lower passenger numbers at BAA airports hits Glasgow hardest
Most BAA airports are suffering but Glasgow is the worst-off.
Airport news for Flights,Glasgow on 16/09/2010.
Fewer people are flying through most of the UK’s big airports but Glasgow has been hit but the biggest drop in passenger numbers. The latest numbers from airport operator BAA show passenger numbers at BAA’s six airports were down by 3.2 per cent on average from September last year to August this year.
At Glasgow, passenger numbers were off by 9.9 per cent. Aberdeen was the next worst, with a drop of eight per cent. Heathrow managed to lose just 0.8 per cent of its passenger volume. Heathrow, Stansted, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports are all operated by BAA.
Stansted saw a drop in passenger numbers of 7.4 per cent over the same period. Volumes were down by 3.2 per cent at Southampton, and Edinburgh recorded a fall of 3.6 per cent. BAA said its airports in the UK handled 10.6 million passengers in Augst, a drop of only 0.6 per cent from the same month the year earlier.
BAA pointed to a substantial increase in confidence this year, with Heathrow seeing its busiest August ever. As a result, overall passenger numbers across all BAA airports were only down slightly. A spokesman said the past 12 months had proved exceptional, given the ash crisis, but BAA has invested in its operations and is now delivering an improved customer experience.