British airport operator BAA reported a 2% decline in passenger traffic at its five UK airports to 9.5 million passengers during August 2012, due to fewer Britons flying abroad during Olympics and visitors preferring to defer journeys.
During August, passenger traffic at Heathrow airport declined 1.9% to 6.5 million compared to the same period last year.
According to BAA the drop was more distinct during the initial two weeks of August, when traffic declined 4.6% in comparison to a 0.3% rise during the rest of the month.
Heathrow reported a decline in its scheduled European traffic, while routes towards Denmark and Norway reported 1.2% and 4.0% rises respectively during the month.
Indian to-and-fro passenger traffic at Heathrow airport declined 8.7%, while Brazil and China registered 9.5% and 4.1% rises respectively during the month.
The airport operator revealed that Heathrow reported lower overall passenger traffic than expected during the July-August period and the shortfall in traffic is not anticipated to be improved during late 2012.
Passenger traffic at Stansted and Southampton airports declined 5.2% and 6.4% respectively in August when compared to August 2011.
During August, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports reported 9.2% and 3.1% rises respectively, further representing a total rise of 4.9% across Scottish airports.
Air transport movements at BAA-operated airports declined 0.5% to 73,529, during August when compared to the same period in 2011.
Cargo volume across all BAA airports increased 2.6% to 141.9 million tonnes, with 13.9% and 0.4% rises respectively at Stansted and Heathrow airports.
Image: Passenger traffic at Stansted airport declined 5.2% to 1.87 million during August 2012. Photo: courtesy of Oxyman.