Heathrow’s record September down to ‘surge in business use’

BAA has hailed a rise in business travel as Heathrow celebrates its busiest ever September.

Heathrow’s record September down to ‘surge in business use’
Heathrow’s record September down to ‘surge in business use’
More than 6.2m passengers flew from Heathrow last month, a 7.6% increase on last year and the largest year-on-year monthly increase since July 2004.

BAA, which operates six UK airports, said the figures represent a growing confidence in business travel, because Heathrow is associated with commercial use.

The figures are in contrast to other UK airports, with Stansted suffering a 4.3% decline in September.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said: "The growth reflects an improved outlook for our airline customers and an increase in business confidence, as shown by cargo figures, which continue to outperform the pre-recession peak.

"Our £1bn a year investment programme continues, in order to offer our growing numbers of passengers a quicker, easier and more enjoyable travel experience."

Across all of BAA's UK airports, 9,988,178 passengers travelled during September, up 3.3 % (320,370) from 9,667,808 last year.

Edinburgh rose 2.2% to 873,195 while Southampton remained consistent rising to 174,570 from 174,501.

Glasgow's traffic declined by 5.7%, and Aberdeen by 5.1%, but BAA added that these falls are contracting as carriers fill the gaps in services left by the collapse of Flyglobespan.

BAA recently agreed to a 2% pay rise for its staff.

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