BAA saw traffic at its airports slide in 2009

BAA, the owner of Heathrow and Britain’s biggest airport operator, reported that the number of passengers travelling fell by more than 4% last year because of the recession. With Stansted Airport being one of the hardest hit by the recession.

The company, which recently sold Gatwick Airport, saw passengers numbers travelling through its airports fall to 106.9 million in the year. However, the company said that the speed of decline eased in the final three months of the year to just 1.2% compared with the same period in 2008.

Colin Matthews, BAA’s chief executive, said: “Although towards the end of the year we saw signs of improvements, particularly at Heathrow, there are more challenging times ahead in 2010.”

Britain’s cold snap hit passenger traffic in December, with BAA estimating that 150,000 people couldn’t fly because of it. Overall, passenger numbers slipped 0.9% in the month to 8 million.

Here’s a breakdown of the figures for 2009 compared with 2008 †:

  • Heathrow down 1.5% to 65.9 million
  • Stansted down 10.7% to 20.0 million
  • Southampton Airport down 8.2% to 1.8 million
  • Edinburgh Airport’s traffic up 0.6% to 9.0 million.
  • Glasgow down 11.3% to 7.2 million.
  • Aberdeen down 9.4% to 3.0 million.

† Source – The Telegraph January 2010
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