17 Jul 2007
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
The terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport, saw a number of flights diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport on 30 June and 1 July. Despite the obvious challenges of heightened security, these flights were handled effectively, along with uninterrupted normal services.Passengers were remarkably understanding of the delays and greatly appreciated the service and attention they received from the dedicated staff that worked many extra hours over the weekend.
A total of 201,013 scheduled passengers passed through Glasgow Prestwick during the month, down 1% on the prior year figure of 204,026.This can be partly explained by a reduction in loads on the airport's most popular route, London Stansted, which carried 5,200 passengers less than in June 2006 - reflecting continuing softness in the UK domestic market generally.
Glasgow Prestwick's four Polish routes continued their strong recent performance in June, while Spanish services also had high load factors as they approach their seasonal peak.
Glasgow Prestwick handled 3,062 tonnes of freight in June, a 16% improvement on the same month in 2006 and 19% up on May's total.
A number of ad hoc flights added to an otherwise strong month for a number of the main customers.
Kent International Airport
The Kent Escapes charter passenger programme saw 1,462 passengers use the airport during the month, an increase of 72% on the prior year. This remains a very small passenger throughput in comparison to the capacity and potential of the facilities.
Kent International handled 749 tonnes of freight in June, representing a 42% drop on the prior year total.
The lower throughput is a result of MK Airlines' loads being comprised primarily of flowers headed for Amsterdam. This makes Ostend the natural destination airport, with the small amount of produce being imported for UK markets at this time of year being trucked from Ostend. It is likely this seasonal trend will continue during the UK summer growing season, with produce imports not gaining in strength again until the autumn.
Lübeck handled 53,032 passengers in June - almost identical
to May's total but 21% down on the prior year. An expected
reduction in capacity across a number of routes saw 14 departures less than in the same period in 2006. The mismatch in annual capacities is not expected to alter materially until the commencement of Barcelona Girona services in October.
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