17 Jan 2007
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick handled a total of 160,832 passengers in December against 167,110 in 2005.
Again, reduced capacity on a number of Ryanair routes during the winter has had an adverse effect on passenger throughput.
A new three-times-weekly service to Grenoble in the French Alps began operating during the month. This has replaced the Marseille route during the winter, with Ryanair keen to secure some seasonal ski traffic.
December was another strong month for freight at the airport, with 2,481 tonnes handled. The 10.5% year on year increase is in-keeping with recent improvements in freight throughput.
Kent International Airport
Kent International handled 3,052 tonnes of freight during December - yet another record month for the airport since acquisition, and the first time the 3,000 tonne barrier has been broken in a single month. December is traditionally a very strong month for fresh produce exports, but the 2006 volume is more than double the December 2005 volume of 1,428 tonnes.
Brockmans, a Kent-based travel agent, announced during the month that they will be based on-site at Kent International
in 2007. Brockmans will be selling Kent Escapes and Cosmos holidays and flights from Kent International, while also providing a complete service as they do at other branches.
Lübeck handled 48,613 passengers in December, up 14% from November but a slight decrease on the prior year total.
Load factors over the festive period were extremely high, and continue to show an overall 8% year on year increase.
Stansted accounted for 37% passengers during 2006. The total of 651,232 is down 4% on 2005, however a reduction in Ryanair's overall seat capacity has affected projected passenger growth over this period.
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