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Infratil Airports Europe: April 2007 Traffic Statistics

14 May 2007

Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick handled 203,018 passengers in April 2007 against 208,554 in 2006, a year on year decrease of 3%. Passenger numbers at BAA's Glasgow Airport also fell during April.

The main contributing factor to the passenger result is the London Stansted route. A number of carriers have recently observed that the Government Airport Passenger Duty is having an adverse affect on UK domestic routes.

By comparison, load factors on transavia.com (to the Netherlands) and Wizz Air flights (to Poland), which began in March 2006, were particularly strong.

Freight volume was 19% improvement on the prior year with 2,861 tonnes handled during April. Other Scottish Airports saw significant year on year reductions in freight volumes for April.

There was a UK first for Glasgow Prestwick when Boeing's Dreamlifter aircraft, the heavily modified 747 freighter used to carry large parts for the new 787 Dreamliner around the world, stopped to refuel.

The food and beverage improvement programme continues, with the opening of a Yates's bar landside and a new high volume food outlet in the departure lounge. The floorspace for Starbucks has expanded landside and work continues to landside to complete kitchen changes and an expanded Peckham's store.

Kent International Airport
Correction: The stated March figure of 2,431 tonnes excluded a number of ad-hoc freight movements. The correct figure was a pleasing 2,610 tonnes.

In April, Kent International handled 2,205 tonnes of freight, nearly 80% up on the prior year. While this is 18% down on the correct March figure, reflecting lower fresh produce volumes from Africa as the UK and Europe growing season accelerates, it is 79% higher than the same month last year.

The level of freight growth at KIA is generally very strong given IATA's recently reporting global freight growth of 2.3% for the year ending March 2007.

One particularly notable shipment of freight arrived during the month when two Atlas Air Boeing 747s arrived with racing cars and other equipment, belonging to A1GP.

Lübeck Airport
Lübeck handled 57,136 scheduled passengers during April 2007, a 14% increase on March but a year on year fall of 0.8%.

The average load factor remained the same as in April 2006, although newer services to Dublin and Gdansk have shown year on year growth. London Stansted was softer at Lübeck, following the trend at Glasgow Prestwick.

The Marseille service, which was launched in January, continues to show positive growth.

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