18 Dec 2006
Infratil Airports Europe November 2006 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick handled a total of 161,101 passengers in November against a prior year total of 166,745.
New services launched throughout 2006 have benefited passenger throughput, set against a reduction in Ryanair capacity of more than 8,000 seats.
A new four-times-weekly service to Riga, operated by Ryanair, began operating at the start of the month.
The airport handled 2,872 tonnes of freight which represents a 14% increase on the prior year total and the second highest monthly total of the calendar year to date.
There were strong performances from Polar and Panalpina, while tonnage on ad hoc/charter movements is more than three times the prior year total, helped in part by four charters carrying whisky to South America.
Kent International Airport
Kent International handled 2,988 tonnes of freight in November making it another record month, up 16% on October and nearly double the prior year figure.
Scheduled services by MK Airlines account for 82% of the total tonnage and, while freight volume is traditionally high at this time of year, exports were 21% up on October and continue to show encouraging signs.
Passenger throughput in November, at 41,708, was marginally down on the prior year total of 42,623.
Load factors show an 8% increase on 2005 - roughly the same margin by which overall seat capacity has been reduced over the same period.
Ryanair announced their sixth destination from Lübeck during the month. They will operate a four-times-weekly service to Marseille in the South of France from January 2007.
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