12 Oct 2005
Glasgow Prestwick September 2005 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Glasgow Prestwick passenger traffic held up well in September following the traditionally busy summer months. The 224,542 total passengers was an 18.7% increase on the September 2004 total (189,202). The 12 month running total now stands at 2,368,349, 10.6% higher than the figure 12 months earlier (2,141,259). A scattering of special regional Scottish public holidays assisted to give stronger weekends and a longer than usual peak charter season, with charter passenger numbers a very strong 23% up on the previous September. The total passenger increase would have been slightly higher, but for a slower than expected delivery of new 737-800 aircraft for Ryanair due to Boeing industrial action. This resulted in the rescheduling of a number of services across the network, including some GPA flights to London.
A contract was finalised with Alpha Retail for the operation of Scottish gift stores in the refurbished landside area and the airside departure area and another temporary retail offer, a 'pick and mix' confectionary store, has been introduced.
A positive decision was received from the Court of Session in relation to off airport car parking competition. The judgement allows GPA to control access onto the airport land by third parties. The implications of the decision are being assessed in the context of an on-going upgrade of airport car parking products, equipment and systems.
The industrial action that grounded the Polar Cargo fleet for the last two weeks of September has been resolved, with a normal schedule resuming from 8 October 2005 reflecting the Polar Air position, freight volume for GPA of 2,002 tonnes was 29% below September 2004 (2,801). The annual running total of 31,287 tonnes was 10% down on the previous 12 months (34,622). The volume of tonnage does not, however, accurately reflect revenue or contribution and the pattern of movements and type of cargo moved has resulted in a lesser impact on freight revenue than suggested by the low volumes.
The integration of Kent International Airport (KIA) is proceeding broadly in line with the acquisition business plan. Freight aircraft have returned to the airport more quickly than anticipated, with the return of the previous major customer, MK Airlines, a positive development. MK had last used the airport in August 2004 and have now recommenced a schedule of three weekly 747 freight services carrying full loads (100 tonnes) of fresh produce from East African markets bound for UK and European supermarkets. These are likely to continue through the season of produce imports from September until May. Early military and general aviation movements are also encouraging.
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