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Infratil Airports Europe monthly overview January 2008

13 Feb 2008

Infratil Airports Europe monthly overview – January 2008

13 February 2008

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick handled 145,550 passengers in January, down 1% on January 2007. The year-to-date passenger total of 2,068,511 shows a marginal improvement on the equivalent period for the prior year.

 Wizz services to Gdansk and Warsaw improved against the prior year while Katowice, introduced in September 2007, continues to perform well. Glasgow Prestwick was also named Best Overall Airport by Wizz for the month of December, following a second place finish the previous month.

 Based on criteria such as aircraft turnaround times and baggage processing, this accolade clearly demonstrates not only the ability, but the dedication and teamwork shown by the Prestwick Handling department.

 The airport handled 1,804 tonnes of freight during the month, 7% down on January 2007. The adverse variance is partly a result of weather conditions causing three inbound aircraft to divert elsewhere.

 Year to date freight volume is 4% ahead of the equivalent period for the prior year, with Cargolux and Polar showing improved performances for FY08.

 The airport continues to benefit from new commercial developments and investment, with Seguro Holidays opening a new purpose-built travel agency and call centre in the main concourse, and The Change Group taking over the foreign currency exchange concession with an enhanced airside unit planned.

 Kent International Airport

Kent International handled 3,729 tonnes of freight during the month, an improvement of 32% on January 2007 but 9% down on December’s seasonal peak total.

 All scheduled carriers showed improvements on both the prior year and year-to-date freight volume which, at 25,056 tonnes, is currently 20% ahead of the equivalent period for the prior year.

 Lübeck Airport

Lübeck Airport handled 29,477 passengers in January. This is down 22% on January last year with year to date passengers of 495,531 being 14% down on the equivalent period last year.

 These lower levers of passenger traffic reflect a 24% reduction in overall capacity against January 2007. This reduction is due largely to the withdrawal of services to London however this will be offset in the future to an extent by Ryanair’s introduction of three additional weekly London Stansted services.

 The airport recently benefited from the opening of the new News and Books store and a new larger food and beverage facility, both located airside, while The Change Group have taken over the foreign currency exchange concession.

 Executive Lounge facilities for passengers have also opened in the landside area of the terminal, offering a full range of services in return for a single fixed entrance fee.

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