UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reported (06-Mar-2012) that UK airports handled 219 million passengers in 2011, a 4.1% year-on-year increase. The majority of UK airport passengers (130 million out of a total of 219 million) were bound for, or arriving from, geographical Europe, representing an increase of 6.4% year-on-year. Within this, the largest absolute increase was in passengers travelling to and from Spain (up by 2.8 million, an increase of 10%), with the largest fall in passengers travelling to and from an individual European country was Turkey, where numbers fell by 4% (0.2 million). Aircraft movements at UK airports totalled 2.0 million, an increase of 2.5%, but down 14% on the 2007 peak of 2.3 million. The total tonnage of freight and mail carried from UK airports in 2011 was 2.5 million tonnes, a decrease of 0.5%. [more - Original PR]
CAA: "The CAA's passenger statistics show that although the numbers of people using UK airports rose in 2011, once we take account of how tough 2010 was for aviation, that rise was very slight indeed. The outlook remains uncertain with serious risks for the UK and European economies. The aviation industry will once again be forced to work hard to maintain choice, value and high service standards, even during tough times," Iain Osborne, Director of Regulatory Policy. Source: Company reports, 06-Mar-2012.