2 Nov 2006
Infratil Airports Europe October 2006 traffic figures have been posted on the Infratil website.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick handled a total of 226,304 passengers in October, a 2% increase on the prior year.
Freight volume of 2,896 tonnes is GPA's best result since December 2004, driven by strong volumes across all scheduled carriers, with Atlas/Polar having a particularly good month. British Airways World Cargo services began towards the end of the month.
Kent International Airport
Kent International Airport handled 2,509 tonnes of freight in October, a record month and a 48.5% ahead of the corresponding month last year.
This strong growth is due in part to the European winter approaching, with increased volumes of fresh produce being imported from Africa. However, export volumes (368 tonnes) are also growing, partly due to the increasing confidence that airlines have in Kent's team and its ability to deliver quality service in both import and export functions.
Scheduled passenger numbers in October, at 63,824, were marginally down on the prior year 64,385. Load factors were stronger on all routes than in September, with a slight softness on the prior year.
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