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BAA's May passenger traffic affected by volcanic ash, BA industrial action

BAA's UK airports handled 8.6 million passengers in May-2010, a drop of 4.5% year-on-year, including 5.3 million at Heathrow, down 3.1%, attributable to the volcanic ash cloud and industrial action. Without these impacts, BAA estimates that Heathrow would have recorded an increase of 2.8% and the group as whole an increase of 0.4%.

BAA airports’ May-2010 traffic losses attributable to the volcanic ash cloud and BA industrial action

Airport

Passengers

% of expected traffic

Heathrow

320,000

6%

Stansted

30,000

2%

Southampton

5,000

3%

Glasgow

35,000

6%

Edinburgh

45,000

6%

Aberdeen

10,000

4%

BAA UK total

445,000

5%

In total, BAA's UK airports recorded a drop of 4.8% in the number of air transport movements. Cargo tonnage was up by 36.1% at Heathrow and by 33.7% at the wider group level, “continuing a period of exceptionally strong growth in cargo traffic, and despite the drop in aircraft movements”.

Copenhagen, Vienna and Zurich report May traffic

In Continental Europe, Copenhagen, Vienna and Zurich airports reported healthy traffic performances last month, led by Copenhagen with a 11.9% lift in passenger numbers.

Airport

Pax mill

Pax Growth %

Movements

Movements Growth %

Copenhagen

1.9

+11.9%

21,589

+7.7%

Vienna

1.8

+11.4%

21,928

+3.0%

Geneva

0.88

+5.5%

14,950

+2.7%

Copenhagen Airports rose 1.8% and Vienna Airport operator, Flughafen Wien rose 0.4%.

Selected airports daily share price movements (% change): 10-Jun-2010