22 May 2006
Infratil Airports Europe April 2006 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Passenger traffic for April showed an increase of 4% against the prior year at 208,554. Passenger throughput was boosted by the first full month of operation of airlines Wizz Air and Transavia, both of which started operating their new Glasgow Prestwick services at the end of March, and also the timing of the busy Easter Weekend.
Ryanair announced it will operate a three-times weekly service to Wroclaw as of August 1. This second Polish route builds on the successful earlier introduction of a route to Krakow.
Freight volumes improved on the previous month to 2,400,282kg, but are 13% down on the prior year.
Two new landside retail outlets will be operational by the time the peak summer period begins.
Peckham's, a well-respected Glasgow delicatessen chain, and coffee retailer Starbucks are both hoping to have their units completed in June to catch the summer trade.
Kent International Airport
The total freight volume for April was 1,233,419kg. The scheduled MK services were supplemented by 58,970kg of ad hoc charter business.
Promotion for the summer Kent Escapes charter services to Faro and Barcelona has stepped up a gear in anticipation of the launch on May 25. The flights, every Thursday, will run for 26 weeks.
Overall passenger traffic for April was 57,367 which is a 7% increase on April 2005.
Ryanair launched a new daily direct service between Lübeck and Dublin, but announced the withdrawal of the Lübeck to Glasgow Prestwick service, which is currently operating 3 days per week, with effect from August 1
Wizz Air announced a new service between Lübeck and Katowice starting on 18 September.
A new airside retail concession has commenced operations - Franz Maurer Nachf GmbH & Co which offers passengers a range of newspapers, magazines and books.
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