Published on Friday, August 12, 2011

Stansted loses battle for passengers

Stansted Airport continued to lose passengers last month, with a 7.2% slide compared with July 2010, which followed a 3.3% drop in June.

However, BAA's other UK airports had another record-breaking month, with Heathrow and Edinburgh recording their busiest-ever days.

Heathrow handled 6.9 million passengers last month, 2.5% more than in July 2010, and the airport recorded its busiest-ever day on Sunday July 31.

Edinburgh handled almost one million passengers, a rise of 3.3%, and on the 16th registered its busiest ever day, when some 36,000 passengers used the Scottish airport.

Seven of Heathrow's top 10 days were recorded throughout the month and average load factors reached 84.7%, which is also the best-ever achieved from the airport.

The total number of passengers at Heathrow during the last 12 months exceeded 68.5m for the first time.

The figures were achieved despite a 13.3% drop in domestic traffic at Heathrow, which was more than compensated for by a rise in long-haul business. Traffic to North America from Heathrow was up 5.3%, other long-haul routes saw a 3.2% increase and European scheduled traffic rose 3.1%.

By far the greatest increase in traffic was on flights to Brazil, host of the 2014 Football  World Cup, which experienced an 80% year-on-year increase.

By Linsey McNeill

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  • Which Year Linsey?

    Obviously not a football fan - the World Cup in Brazil is 2014! FYI the European Championships are in 2012.

    By David McGregor, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

  • Up the R's!

    Linsey, that is amazing! I am a past QPR season ticket holder of many years through the 70's - 90's. QPR fans always had a good sense of humour like you obviously have! I was at the last Premier League match in 1996 so it will be a fantastic day tomorrow, you will have a great day, wish I was there! Up the R's!

    By David McGregor, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

  • Thanks for the correction

    Ah yes, David. Got the 2 mixed up, obviously. And you're correct in your assumption, I'm not a football fan, I am a QPR season ticket holder

    By Linsey McNeill, Friday, August 12, 2011

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