4 MARCH 2013
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The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published Britain’s airport passenger throughput for 2012. This shows a growth to 220,644m as against 219.289m for 2011.
When available next Thursday (7 March), the individual airports’ numbers will make for an interesting read. By looking at the monthly statistics (which are available) it is possible to establish that the London domestic figures (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City and Southend) at 1.5m have remained the same, with the overall passenger numbers for internal flights (which include non-scheduled, mostly offshore helicopter services) falling very slightly – 3.75m v 3.78m.
On the positive side (in performance order) Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Luton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol show increases. Sliding down are Stansted and Liverpool, whilst also amongst the lower echelon East Midlands is moving in a negative direction as is Southampton, Prestwick, Cardiff, Exeter and Doncaster. The one really bright spot is Southend, which in a short year, the new terminal fully opened in April 2012, processed 617,000 passengers as against just 42,000 in 2012. Southend was probably the cause of Stansted’s loss of domestic passengers which was typically down 26% in July with under 100,000 passengers. Penzance and Tresco heliports closed. www.caa.co.uk/airportstatistics
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