BAA boost as Heathrow has record month

THE number of people travelling through BAA's UK airports increased by 0.3 per cent to 10.9m in July.

Heathrow recorded its busiest ever month, with 6.7m people making journeys through the airport - 3.5 per cent more than last year.

Meanwhile Sunday 18th July was Heathrow's busiest ever day, with 232,000 passengers.

Across BAA, the fastest growing market in July was Europe, with an increase of 2.9 per cent combining both charter and scheduled flights.

Long-haul traffic was up by 0.5 per cent but domestic traffic was 4.6 per cent lower than last year. The main source of passenger growth at Heathrow was the European market, where additional capacity fuelled an increase of 9.5 per cent.

At Stansted, a near eight per cent drop in seats offered produced a similar drop of 7.2 per cent in passengers, while in Scotland additional capacity helped to produce an overall increase of 6.6 per cent in passengers travelling to and from Europe. At the individual airports, Aberdeen's traffic fell by 4.1 per cent, Edinburgh grew by 0.6 oper cent and Glasgow recorded a drop of 3.6 per cent.

Southampton's July numbers were down 1.4 per cent, while traffic at Naples increased by 6.1 per cent in the month.