The BAA has announced that fewer passengers moved through its airports last month compared to last year.

Airport news for Heathrow,Edinburgh on 14/11/2011.

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The operating organisation announced last week that last month saw about 1.3 per cent fewer passengers overall than the same month in 2010. Officials said the drop comes as a result of ‘soft’ conditions in the global economy.

Even Heathrow saw a slight slump last month of 1.3 per cent, which marked the first fall in passenger figures at the overcrowded European gateway since December 2010. In contrast, Scottish airports saw higher amounts of passengers; however this came alongside a slump in UK domestic traffic of 9.9 per cent. But the BAA said 1.1 and 1.2 per cent rises in North American and European traffic, respectively, helped to offset the domestic loss.

The report follows the BAA sale of Gatwick airport and its current appeal to the ruling by the Competition Commission that it must also sell off Stansted. The agency also ruled that it must get rid of one of its hub airports in Scotland and the BAA announced last month that it would shed Edinburgh airport rather than Glasgow.

Meanwhile Edinburgh reported a 1.8 per cent passenger rise for October, prompting BAA chief Colin Matthews to call the facility ‘resilient’. He added that the airport's totals were up 8 per cent for the year.

Following the sale of Edinburgh the BAA will retain five UK airports: Heathrow, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Stansted and Southampton.

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