Surge in Brazil flights propels BAA traffic figures skyward

TRAFFIC at airports operated by BAA rose by 2.5 per cent in February, compared with the same period the previous year, with London’s Heathrow benefiting from a surge in demand for flights to Brazil.

BAA, which is Britain’s main airport operator and majority owned by Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial, said yesterday that its airports carried 7.3m passengers last month. The figure was inflated by an extra day because February was a leap year.

Nearly 4.8m passengers passed through Heathrow, a rise of 3.8 per cent on the year before.

“BAA’s airports have continued to demonstrate their resilience in the weak economic environment we currently face,” said BAA’s chief executive Colin Matthews.