16 AUGUST 2010
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BAA LTD has reported a slight increase of 0.3% to 10.9m passengers for its six UK airports in the month of July. Heathrow recorded its busiest ever month, with 6.7m people transiting the airport – 3.5% more than last year. Sunday 18 July set a new record with 232,000 passengers. Across BAA, the fastest growing market in July was Europe, with an increase of 2.9% combining both charter and scheduled flights. Long haul traffic was up by 0.5% but domestic traffic was 4.6% lower than last year. The main source of passenger growth at Heathrow was the European market, where additional capacity fuelled an increase of 9.5%. At Stansted, a near 8% drop in seats offered produced a similar drop of 7.2% in passengers. At the three Scottish airports Aberdeen's traffic fell by 4.1%, Edinburgh grew by 0.6% and Glasgow recorded a drop of 3.6%. Southampton's July numbers were down 1.4%, while traffic at Naples increased by 6.1% in the month. www.baa.com
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