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BAA passenger numbers down after strike and ash cloud

BAA's passenger traffic in May dropped compared with last year after being hit by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud and British Airways' cabin crew industrial action.

BAA's UK airports handled 8.6m passengers in the month, which was a drop of 4.5 per cent on May 2009.

Heathrow handled 5.3m passengers – 3.1 per cent down on last year.

It is estimated that without the double blow Heathrow would have recorded an increase of 2.8 per cent and the group as whole an increase of 0.4 per cent.