20 Dec 2005
Glasgow Prestwick Airport November 2005 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
As anticipated in previous updates, traffic heading into winter has softened as frequencies on some routes to Northern Europe have reduced and load factors reduced from summer levels. November was also impacted by some reduced services resulting from slower deliveries of aircraft by Boeing. The 166,745 total passengers was a 2% decrease on the November 2004 total of 170,053 and the twelve-month rolling total now stands at 2,385,870 11% up on the figure twelve months ago.
On a positive note, there have been two new route announcements since the last update. Transavia, part of the KLM/AF group, announced this week its plans to operate a direct route from Amsterdam to Glasgow Prestwick. This service will operate from 26 March 2006 on a 6 day per week
basis (daily except Saturday). This new airline is a very positive development, particularly given Transavia has been around for almost 40 years, operates 29 aircraft to 75
destinations and has been profitable for 27 consecutive years.
Ryanair has also announced two new routes from Glasgow Prestwick to Marseilles in the South of France and Reus near Barcelona. These new routes will each operate three times per week from late February 2006. These routes will be accommodated within existing capacity by adjusting the frequencies of other services, although expected strong load factors on these popular destinations should have a positive impact on passenger numbers.
The Nuance Group, the world's largest duty free operator, has been chosen to operate the Tax and Duty Free Store at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The experience, systems, brand strength and buying power of the Nuance Group is expected to provide an uplift in performance from the existing in-house operation. The transfer will take place in early 2006.
Freight volume of 2,521 tonnes at Glasgow Prestwick was 9% below November 2004. The financial performance continues to be stronger than the volume performance given an improved mix of exports and imports (in favour of higher yielding exports).
90% of the shares in Luebeck Airport in Germany were acquired by IAEL in early December. A transition team is in place and is reviewing the operation. Luebeck benefited from an announced new route from Wizz Air, four times per week, from early March 2006. However, Ryanair has announced
a reduction in some frequencies and a cessation of the service to Shannon from early next year.
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