Heathrow Airport Holdings, formerly BAA, the operator of five UK airports, has reported a combined 3.8% rise in passenger traffic at its airports during November 2012 to 7.4 million when compared to the corresponding month in 2011.
During the period, Heathrow Airport reported a 3.1% rise in passenger traffic to 5.4 million passengers, which was mainly driven by the late half-term holiday and disruption in November 2011.
Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews said that passenger figures to BRIC economies continue to be strong, illustrating the demand for routes to emerging markets.
"But there’s more demand that the UK can’t meet because its only hub airport, Heathrow, is full," Matthews said.
"Last month we launched our first response to the Government’s Airports Commission, which is looking into this lack of capacity. It concluded there are just three options for government: do nothing, expand Heathrow or close Heathrow and open a new hub airport elsewhere."
Heathrow reported a 7.1% climb in its scheduled European traffic; traffic on routes to and from France, Germany and Italy reported respective rises of 9.8%, 9.2% and 10.7% during the month.
The airport’s North Atlantic traffic increased 2.4%, while Greek traffic declined 14.6% and passenger traffic towards BRIC countries, including Brazil, Russia and China, increased 6%, 6.2% and 12.9% respectively, with a 1.3% decline in traffic to India.
Passenger traffic at Heathrow’s Stansted and Southampton airports rose by 6.2% and 3.7% respectively during the month, while Glasgow and Aberdeen airports reported respective rises of 5.3% and 4.8% during the period.
Heathrow Airport Holdings reported a 3.3% rise in cargo traffic to 145,162t, while air traffic movements at all Heathrow-operated airports declined 1.4% to 63,057 during the period.
Image: Passenger traffic increases at Heathrow Airport were mainly driven by the late half-term holidays and disruption in November 2011.