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Friday 11 May, 2012

BAA Limited

April 2012 Traffic Figures

RNS Number : 1068D
BAA Limited
11 May 2012
 



 11th May 2012

 

BAA Ltd

Traffic and business commentary

April 2012

 

Over 9 million passengers pass through BAA's airports in April

 

9.1 million passengers travelled through BAA's airports in April, a  0.1% increase on the same month last year. Year on year comparisons for the month are complicated by the timing of Easter so combining March and April traffic reveals a year on year increase of 1.9%.

 

5.8 million passengers passed through Heathrow during April, marginally up on April 2011, another record month for the airport. 

 

Heathrow's load factors continued to increase, rising 0.1 percentage points in April, to 76.4%. The average number of seats per aircraft was also up, rising 1.1% to 197.6.  Both increases are consistent with the airport having reached its cap on the number of flights.

 

Cargo movement was down 1.1% across the group and 2.5% at Heathrow, in line with the global economic climate.

 

The decline in Stansted's passenger numbers moderated to 2.7%, its lowest level in nearly a year. Aberdeen passenger numbers improved by 11.0%, reflecting the strength in energy related traffic, whilst Glasgow recorded a 6.7% increase. Edinburgh Airport, the sale of which was agreed in April to Global Infrastructure Partners for GBP 807.2m, saw passenger numbers down -1.1%.

 

Domestic traffic was up 2.7% across the Group in April, whilst European scheduled traffic was up 1.3%, reflecting a rise in business traffic after the Easter holiday period.

 

Traffic between Heathrow and Brazil, India and China continued to grow on last year, with the highest increase coming from Brazil at 11.7%.

 

BAA Chief Executive, Colin Matthews, said:

 

"These are encouraging figures for Heathrow and BAA's other airports.  However, the modest growth in passenger numbers at Heathrow, the UK's only hub airport, comes from larger and fuller aircraft, not from more routes and frequencies to emerging markets.  This lack of connectivity is damaging the UK economy."

 

 

-ENDS-

 

For further information, please contact Heathrow media relations on 020 8745 7224.

 

Breakdown of passenger numbers for April 2012:

 

Terminal Passengers (000s)

Month

% Change

Jan to Apr 2012

% Change

 

 

May 2011 to Apr 2012

 

 

 

% Change

Heathrow

5,849.2

0.0

21,514.6

3.2

70,051.6

3.8

Stansted

1,512.4

-2.7

4,984.0

-4.6

17,804.4

-4.4

London Area Total

7,361.6

-0.6

26,498.6

1.6

87,856.0

2.0

Southampton

139.3

-3.1

474.6

-0.6

1,759.6

1.2

Glasgow

547.2

6.7

1,900.8

3.8

6,932.9

3.6

Edinburgh

767.5

-1.1

2,636.5

-2.0

9,330.5

3.9

Aberdeen

274.3

11.0

1,020.4

13.2

3,222.5

11.7

Scottish Total

1,589.0

3.5

5,557.7

2.5

19,485.9

5.0

BAA Total

9,089.9

0.1

32,530.9

1.7

109,101.5

2.5

 

Air Transport Movements

Month

% Change

Jan to Apr 2012

% Change

 

May 2011 to Apr 2012

 

% Change

Heathrow

38,948

-1.1

154,745

-0.3

475,792

2.4

Stansted

11,293

-2.1

40,502

-4.6

134,967

-5.2

London Area Total

50,241

-1.4

195,247

-1.2

610,759

0.6

Southampton

3,245

-4.9

11,770

-3.3

40,506

-1.3

Glasgow

5,829

7.2

21,598

0.3

70,546

-1.0

Edinburgh

8,805

0.4

32,291

-0.6

105,621

1.6

Aberdeen

8,453

11.2

33,246

9.8

100,603

7.9

Scottish Total

23,087

5.9

87,135

3.4

276,770

3.1

BAA Total

76,573

0.6

294,152

0.0

928,035

1.3

 

Cargo (Metric Tonnes)

 Month

% Change

Jan to Apr 2012

% Change

May 2011 to

Apr  2012

% Change

Heathrow

118,686

-2.5

477,789

-1.9

1,475,178

-2.1

Stansted

17,002

3.9

67,463

0.4

204,081

-1.3

London Area Total

135,687

1.7

545,252

-1.6

1,679,259

-2.0

Southampton

24

228.3

75

91.7

168

27.5

Glasgow

857

603.3

2,746

108.5

4,430

21.5

Edinburgh

1,485

-4.3

6,381

-12.0

18,696

-9.0

Aberdeen

633

28.4

2,482

23.0

6,659

18.6

Scottish Total

2,974

37.3

11,608

9.7

29,781

-0.1

BAA UK Total

138,686

-1.1

556,935

-1.4

1,709,208

-2.0

 

Market comparison - UK airports    

BAA Total
April 2011
(000s)

BAA Total
April 2012
(000s)

% Change

Market

 

 


UK and Channel Isles

1,412.3

1,450.1

2.7

Ireland

360.5

359.6

-0.3

European Scheduled

3,974.1

4,026.8

1.3

European Charter*

133.4

124.7

-6.5

North Atlantic

1,381.6

1,368.7

-0.9

Other Long Haul

1,821.1

1,759.9

-3.4

Total

9,083.1

9,089.9

0.1

 

* includes North African Charter

                                                                                                                                               

Note: Origins and destinations are classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi sector flights

                                                                                                                                          

Note: Figures for the market sectors have been rounded. Totals as per Traffic Summary

 

 

 

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