Airport News

Passenger numbers down at Heathrow

Thu, 10 Apr, 2008

A spate of flight cancellations saw passenger numbers at London Heathrow Airport fall last month.

Figures published by the airport's operator BAA show that 5,612,300 passengers travelled from Heathrow during March, a drop of 0.6 per cent from the corresponding period in 2007.

The reduction in passenger numbers came in a period that saw 300 flights cancelled because of the weather and a further 300 halted due to operational issues associated with the opening of the new Terminal 5.

London Stansted Airport also saw a drop in the number of people travelling, with its total of 1,824,200 representing a fall of 0.3 per cent.

However, passenger numbers at London Gatwick Airport increased by 8.1 per cent to 2,816,000.

The rise was a result of the increased popularity of domestic and European services from Gatwick. However, there was a fall in the number of people using the airport's transatlantic flights.

Joe Evans

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