UK's Airports See Downturn

Heathrow AirportSo far, the summer has not been great for Britain's airline industry: BAA's passenger traffic in June was affected by British Airways cabin crew industrial action at the start of the month. As a result, the company's UK airports handled 9.5 million passengers, a drop of 1.7 percent from the previous June.

Without the impact of industrial action, it is estimated that Heathrow would have seen 140,000 more passengers last month and would have seen a 2.5 percent increase on last June.

The group's Scottish airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen were all affected by the BA strikes, with drops of 2 percent, 7 percent and 4 percent respectively compared to June 2009. Southampton recorded a 3.7 percent increase and Stansted a drop of 5.2 percent. Group wide passenger numbers would have reached June 2009 levels without the impact of industrial action.
Overall, the UK airports recorded a drop of 3.1 percent in the number of air transport movements.

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