Statistics do not of course lie, so the news this morning from BAA that the much maligned Heathrow Airport saw passengers numbers positively boom by 6.5% in August, compared to the same month in 2006, comes as welcome news for the UK airports group.
The results will bring much comfort to BAA, which has taken such a massive press battering for service deficiencies at Heathrow and Gatwick.
Overall, BAA’s UK airports handled a total of 15.2 million passengers in August, an increase of 5.9%, making it BAA's busiest month.
Of the major markets, European scheduled traffic was up 8.2%, North Atlantic traffic grew a wopping 10.2% and other long-haul traffic increased 6.1%.
Heathrow remains a traffic magnet and it will take a lot to shift it from its position as the world's most popular international airport.