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Infratil Airports Europe Monthly Overview

14 Aug 2008

Glasgow Prestwick handled 258,211 passengers in July, a marginal improvement of around 1% on July 2007.

This modest year-on-year rise in passenger traffic is pleasing given the current pressure in the industry.  The addition of new routes has offset some softness in load factors on existing routes.

Charter passenger traffic in July was 3% up on 2007, while the year-to-date passenger total of 901,480 shows a 1% improvement against the equivalent period last year.

Glasgow Prestwick handled 1,463 tonnes of freight in July, down 37% from last year’s July total of 2,327 tonnes. This is due mainly to a 977 tonne shortfall from the withdrawal of Polar scheduled services in June, partly offset by an increase in tonnage from Air France.

The year-to-date freight volume of 8,973 tonnes is 17% behind the equivalent period in 2007.

Kent International Airport

Kent International handled 1,088 tonnes of freight in July, up 6% on the July 2007 performance.

EgyptAir delivered an improvement of more than 50% against July 2007 and Cargolux also grew volume.  These gains were offset by the absence of MK Airlines flights.  Total year-to-date freight volume is 5% behind the equivalent period last year.

Charter flights to Gran Canaria, operated by Kent Escapes, started at the end of the month and will run throughout the busiest weeks of the school holidays.

A survey of more than 10,000 Kent residents, which was undertaken in partnership with a local publishing company, showed an overwhelming majority remain positive about the airport’s ability to offer successful scheduled services.

The survey found that 71% felt scheduled flights are “very important” and 86% said they would be “very likely” to use them.

Lübeck Airport

Lübeck Airport handled 55,499 passengers in July, 13% down on the prior year performance.

This is roughly in line with the fall in overall capacity against July 2007, and the year-to-date passenger total of 193,242 is 15% lower than for the same period last year.

July saw Lübeck Airport management taking part in a series of hearings concerning the planning application for runway, terminal and apron expansion, which was submitted in February this year.

These hearings were considered to be very positive and the application is now in the hands of the Lübeck authorities and a decision is due in early 2009.

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