UK's BAA reported traffic between London Heathrow Airport and countries worst hit by the economic situation in Europe was substantially lower than the same period in 2011 (Reuters, 12-Jun-2012). BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said, "The impact of the euro zone crisis is still being felt with sharp falls in passenger numbers to the worst affected countries and reduced cargo traffic."
BAA: Traffic down to worst affected countries in Europe
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