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Infratil Airports Europe Monthly Overview

17 Mar 2008

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick handled 165,977 passengers in February, up 12% on February 2007 and a 14% improvement on January’s performance.

The year-to-date passenger total of 2,234,488 shows a marginal improvement on the equivalent period for the prior year.

Polish services continue to perform well, particularly Ryanair’s Wroclaw and Wizz Air’s Katowice. Wizz also began operating flights to Poznan at the beginning of the month and the early signs for this route are encouraging.

Ryanair’s daily services to Belfast and Cork are the main drivers behind the year-on-year increase.

The airport handled 2,429 tonnes of freight during the month, up 6% on February 2007 and a 35% improvement on January’s performance. Atlas Polar, Air France and Panalpina all recorded year-on-year increases.

Year to date freight volume of 28,476 tonnes is 4% ahead of the equivalent period for last year, with Cargolux, Atlas Polar, Panalpina and British Airways World Cargo all showing improved performances for FY08.

A new freight operator, Cargoitalia, is due to commence services in March 2008 with Boeing 747 operations which will see freight for the oil industry flown in from Houston and trucked to Aberdeen.

Glasgow Prestwick became one of the first organisations in Scotland to pick up a Healthy Working Lives Award award for its efforts to boost health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The airport is among the first 32 organisations to achieve the award, which was devised by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives to encourage employers to promote a healthier workforce.

Kent International Airport

Kent International handled 3,966 tonnes of freight in February, up 64% on February 2007.

All scheduled carriers improved their prior year and year-to-date freight volumes during February.

The airport’s total year-to-date freight volume, at 29,022 tonnes, is currently 24% ahead of the equivalent period for the prior year.

Lübeck Airport

Lübeck Airport handled 30,247 passengers in February, a marginal improvement on January’s total but down 25% on February last year.

The year-to-date passenger total of 525,778 is down 15% on the equivalent period last year.

The passenger figures reflect a 25% reduction in overall capacity against February 2007. This reduction is mainly down to the reduction of services to London, and the withdrawal of services to Dublin and Marseilles.

A planning application to permit further development of the runway, apron and terminal facilities has been submitted, and is supported by environmental groups.

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