BAA Airports - March 2012 traffic figures
8.6m passengers travelled through BAA’s airports in March, a rise of 4.0 per cent on the previous year. This increase was helped by Easter being earlier this year, with a substantial proportion of pre-Easter traffic falling in March rather than in April last year.
Heathrow saw 5.7m passengers pass through its terminals, a rise of 6.9 per cent on March 2011. That increase means Heathrow saw more than 70m passengers over a twelve-month period for the first time. It passed the 60m mark in 1998. Heathrow’s performance was particularly notable for the 4.2 percentage point increase in load factors, to 73.4 per cent compared to March last year. This continues an upward trend over the course of the past year and was also helped by the earlier Easter.
Year on year, cargo at Heathrow was virtually identical, and up slightly at 0.1 per cent across the group.
In Scotland, Glasgow recorded a 4.6 per cent increase while Aberdeen maintained its recent impressive growth, achieving a double-digit increase of 10.2 per cent that reflected the rise in domestic oil related traffic. Stansted, Edinburgh and Southampton were down 4.7 per cent, 2.8 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively, with reductions in domestic traffic being one of the key drivers of the declines at Edinburgh and Southampton.
North Atlantic traffic was up 13.6 per cent with other long haul traffic up 5.2 per cent. The group’s biggest market, European scheduled traffic, was up 3.2 per cent. European Charter traffic had strong results across individual airports due to the strong ski season in Europe.
Traffic from Heathrow to the BRIC countries saw growth compared with March last year, with an increase of 62.3 per cent in traffic to and from Brazil.