20 Mar 2006
Glasgow Prestwick Airport February 2006 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Overall passenger traffic for February was flat on the prior year at 145,220. Year to date passenger numbers total 2,200,000 reflecting a 10% increase on the prior year.
The main contributing factor on performance was continued temporary reduction in Ryanair services, with the Boeing strike again resulting in Ryanair having a shortage of aircraft, which has meant that the airline has cut capacity across its network. During the month of February 23,000 Prestwick seats were cancelled. In March Ryanair anticipate having 3 more aircraft online bringing them to 100 x 800 series aircraft. Ryanair expect all their rotations to have returned to schedule by April.
New airlines, Wizz Air and Transavia, commence services in late March.
Freight volumes were 1,930,225 kg, up on the prior month but well below the equivalent month of the prior year. The lower monthly result was primarily due to Polar Air import freight. The new Polar flight operating New York-Prestwick-Malmo commenced during the month to replace an Amsterdam flight, which currently has a lower average import offload weight.
Retail performance is expected to improve following the successful handover of the in-house tax and duty free operation to Nuance which occurred at the end of February. A number of other retail initiatives are currently in development for introduction prior to the peak operating season this summer.
Airport car parks have now been fitted with the latest parking control technology with the introduction of Skidata equipment expected to improve revenue capture from March onwards as well as generating management information not previously available.
Kent International Airport
Freight volume of 1,388 MT for the month of February continues to be delivered in the main by three weekly MK Airlines 747 freighter aircraft. The average weights of freight are slightly lower at 63 metric tonnes as opposed to an average of 74 MT since operations restarted in September. Included in the 1,388 MT was 133 MT of ad hoc charter business.
A program of minor servicing for Air Atlanta 747 aircraft has commenced. These aircraft are undergoing some deep cleaning and basic maintenance generating landing, parking and associated revenue.
Charter passenger services from Kent Escapes, a new trading name of Prestwick based Seguro Holidays, have been announced and will commence in late May. Two destinations, Barcelona and Faro, will be served on a weekly basis for 26 weeks and early indications are positive in respect of ticket sales.
February traffic of 31,849 passengers was 19% down on February 2005 (39,441). Ryanair's Boeing strike related to cancellations that also affected Glasgow Prestwick having a major impact on Luebeck, with the multi-daily Stansted route particularly impacted.
Wizz Air commenced services to Gdansk on 3 March and Ryanair will commence a new daily service to Dublin in early April.
Initiatives are underway in relation to car parking, car hire and retail concessions to boost commercial returns.
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