13 DECEMBER 2010

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Article from BTNews 13 DECEMBER 2010

Heathrow speeds up and grows

Passenger traffic at Heathrow grew 4.3% during November against the same month last year, leading to a fifth consecutive highest ever month. 

At the same time airports owner BAA, made available figures showing transit time for security in the first nine months of 2010 to be less than five minutes 97.9% of the time.

In October, baggage arrived on carousels on average 34 minutes after the aircraft touched down.  The operator has a target of 35 minutes.  In 2009 the figure was 37 minutes.

Colin Matthews, Chief Executive of BAA, said:  “It has been a tough month for passengers with the worst snow for decades but people understand that safety comes first.  We have invested in winter preparations and have worked around the clock to keep our airports running.  But it is not just about clearing snow, it is also about landing and take-off rates and weather at destination airports.  Heathrow and Stansted have remained open throughout, but elsewhere and across Europe some airport closures were inevitable. www.baa.com

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