Passenger traffic slips 2% at BAA airports in August

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Passenger numbers at BAA's five UK airports declined 2% year-on-year to 9.52 million in August, while total aircraft movements fell 0.5% to 73,500.

Among its London airports, Heathhrow saw a 1.9% decrease in passenger numbers to 6.46 million, while at Stansted footfall was down 5.2% to 1.88 million.

Both the London gateways saw a fall in aircraft movements, with Heathrow and Stansted posting a 0.3% and 4.4% decline respectively.

Among its other UK airports, Southampton posted a 6.4% decline in passenger numbers, while Glasgow and Aberdeen witnessed increases of 3.1% and 9.2% respectively.

Glasgow and Aberdeen saw an increase in aircraft movements of 2.4% and 5.1% respectively, while Southampton posted a decline of 6.3%.

Total cargo at BAA's five airports increased 2.6% to 142,000t, with Heathrow contributing the lion's share at 121,000t. Glasgow saw the highest proportional increase - up fourfold to 730t.