Stansted: Airport passengers numbers fall again

PASSENGER numbers at Stansted Airport continued to fall last month, but at a slight slower rate.

Owner BAA, which is in the process of selling Stansted following a ruling by the Competition Commission, said the airport handled 1.64milllion passengers during September, 4.0% down on the same month a year earlier.

Stansted’s year-to-date total is now 4.6% down at 13.45million, while its rolling 12-month total is 4.8% down at 17.39million.

However, Stansted again saw strong cargo growth last month, with the tonnage handled rising by 5.2% compared with September last year.

Heathrow saw 6.35 million passengers pass through its terminals, a record for September and up 0.6% on the same month last year.

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Overall, BAA said nearly 9.19million passengers passed through its five airports in September 2012, the same as September 2011 and an improvement on the falls of 4.1% in July and 2.0% in August.

Numbers at Southampton fell by 4.4% but Glasgow and Aberdeen recorded browth of 5.6% and 1.4% respectively.

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BAA Chief Executive Colin Matthews said: “Heathrow saw record passenger numbers in September. Traffic to and from the BRIC economies, other than India, demonstrates the on-going importance of hub capacity to connect the UK to growth markets. The Davies Commission must rigorously and objectively assess every option to meet our country’s economic needs.”

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