Passenger numbers fall at Southampton airport due to Euro traffic slump

Daily Echo: Passenger numbers fall at Southampton airport due to Euro traffic slump Passenger numbers fall at Southampton airport due to Euro traffic slump

PASSENGER numbers at Southampton Airport fell by 4.7 per cent last month.

A total of 150,471 passengers passed through the airport’s terminals in May, down from 157,942.

Airport operator BAA said it was due largely to an 8.3 per cent drop in European scheduled traffic.

Southampton Airport managing director Dave Lees said: “2012 has been a mixed year for Southampton so far with some months being in growth and others being down.

“However, we anticipate that the year will be overall very similar to last year. "Several new routes have been announced for the summer including Barcelona which starts June 23, Ibiza which started last week and Tours in the Loire Valley.”

The airport handled 1.76m passengers last year. Its best year was 2007 when it welcomed 1.97m passengers.

Across BAA’s five other airports, more than 5.8 million passengers passed through Heathrow’s terminals last month, a fall of 0.6 per cent compared with May 2011.

Airport operator BAA said the fall was largely due to last year’s late Easter and Royal Wedding which boosted traffic in May 2011, whilst the move of the late May bank holiday into June this year reduced May 2012’s traffic figures.

Passenger numbers at Glasgow rose almost 10 per cent, whilst Aberdeen saw passenger numbers rise nearly 16 per cent and Edinburgh handled 2.2 per cent more passengers compared with last year.

The Scottish airports all saw their performance affected by cancellations in May last year due to the volcanic ash cloud.

Stansted saw passengers numbers fall 5.5 per cent with European scheduled and long haul traffic most affected.

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1:54pm Tue 12 Jun 12

southy says...

More of a case that the Recession is hitting those who could afford to travel.
More of a case that the Recession is hitting those who could afford to travel. southy
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2:02pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
More of a case that the Recession is hitting those who could afford to travel.
Stunning insight as usual.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: More of a case that the Recession is hitting those who could afford to travel.[/p][/quote]Stunning insight as usual. Shoong
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2:44pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
More of a case that the Recession is hitting those who could afford to travel.
I think it's actually hitting those who can't afford to travel and a total of 150,471 passengers still flew in May.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: More of a case that the Recession is hitting those who could afford to travel.[/p][/quote]I think it's actually hitting those who can't afford to travel and a total of 150,471 passengers still flew in May. Torchie1
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12:43am Wed 13 Jun 12

mrblunt says...

Perhapse it's a case of extending the runway to be able to take the size of planes that Bournmouth can.
This is why all the tour companies (Thompson. First Choice etc) are opting to give their business to Bournmouth.
If Southampton Airport is to remain competitive, perhaps it should ignore all the complaints of people who knowingly bought their property under the flight paths, expand the airport and boost the business for the benefit of the City.
Perhapse it's a case of extending the runway to be able to take the size of planes that Bournmouth can. This is why all the tour companies (Thompson. First Choice etc) are opting to give their business to Bournmouth. If Southampton Airport is to remain competitive, perhaps it should ignore all the complaints of people who knowingly bought their property under the flight paths, expand the airport and boost the business for the benefit of the City. mrblunt
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