Heathrow figures up
5.4 million passengers passed through Heathrow in November - a record for the month and up 3.1% on November 2011.
Part of the percentage increase was due to the late half term, as well as disruption in November last year. Taking these and other factors into account shows an underlying increase of 0.4% for the month.
The airport's passenger load factor (PLF) - showing how full the average flight was - also set a record for the month at 72.8%.
Comparing passenger numbers with November 2011:
- North Atlantic traffic was up 2.4%
- European scheduled traffic was up 7.1%
- - France up 9.8%
- - Germany up 9.2%
- - Italy up 10.7%
- - but Greece down 14.6%
- of the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) economies, passenger numbers were:
- - up 6% to Brazil
- - up 6.2% to Russia
- - up 12.9% to China
- - but down 1.3% to India
Heathrow's Chief Executive comments:
'. . there's more demand that the UK can't meet - because its only hub airport, Heathrow, is full. Last month we launched our first response to the Government's Airports Commission, which is looking into this lack of capacity. It concluded there are just 3 options for government - do nothing, expand Heathrow or close Heathrow and open a new hub airport elsewhere.'
Details from BAA below . .