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BAA passenger numbers up 4.0%

By BFN News | 09:25 AM | Wednesday 11 April, 2012

BAA's airports saw passenger numbers rise to 8.6 million in March - 4.0% up on a year ago. This increase was helped by Easter being earlier this year, with a substantial proportion of pre-Easter traffic falling in March rather than in April last year. Heathrow saw 5.7 million passengers pass through its terminals, a rise of 6.9% on March 2011. That increase means Heathrow saw more than 70 million passengers over a twelve month period for the first time. It passed the 60 million mark in 1998. Heathrow's performance was particularly notable for the 4.2 percentage point increase in load factors, to 73.4% compared to March last year. This continues an upward trend over the course of the past year and was also helped by the earlier Easter. Year on year, cargo at Heathrow was virtually identical, and up slightly at 0.1% across the group. In Scotland, Glasgow recorded a 4.6% increase while Aberdeen maintained its recent impressive growth, achieving a double digit increase of 10.2% which reflected the rise in domestic oil related traffic. Stansted, Edinburgh and Southampton were down 4.7%, 2.8% and 1.7% respectively, with reductions in domestic traffic being one of the key drivers of the declines at Edinburgh and Southampton. Story provided by