11 Dec 2007
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick handled 163,389 passengers during the month, up 1% on November 2006.
Growth against the prior year is a result of Ryanair services to Derry, Belfast and Kaunas, and Wizz Air's Katowice route.
Ryanair also launched a new three times weekly service to Budapest at the start of November which has performed well in its first month.
Further Ryanair expansion is considered unlikely after discussions about a significant future phase of growth ended as a result of being unable to reach mutually acceptable commercial terms.
The airport handled 3,001 tonnes of freight in November. This represents increases of 4% on November 2006 and 15% on
this year's October figure.
Performance was helped by a strong month for seasonal produce, and equipment for the North Sea oil and gas industries.
The year to date freight volume remains 3% ahead of the equivalent period in 2006.
Glasgow Prestwick continues to benefit from ongoing investment in new facilities, and November saw the completion of resurfacing works to the main runway.
Kent International Airport
Kent International handled 3,758 tonnes of freight in November, a 26% increase on the prior year but 10% down on the October total which was a record month for the airport under Infratil ownership.
MK Airlines, Egypt Air and Cargolux continued to deliver strong loads on their regular services, but ad hoc freight traffic made less of a contribution than it did in October.
The year to date freight volume was 17,245 tonnes at the end of November, 15% ahead of the equivalent period in 2006. ACT Airlines, a Turkish A300 freight operator, was welcomed as a new customer for Kent International during November.
Two new routes will be operating from Kent International in 2008. Kent Escapes has announced its summer programme which includes Las Palmas in the Canary Islands for the first time, as well as Palma in Majorca which is already a popular destination.
Channel Island Travel Services have also announced that in summer 2008 they will operate a weekly flight from Kent International to Jersey.
Kent International and Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, who use the airport for training, have entered into a sponsorship agreement with a local environmental project, Trees for Thanet.
Flughafen Lübeck handled 31,489 passengers during November which is down 25% on the same month in 2006; the figure is in line with expectation as November was the first month of the airport's reduced winter schedule.
The year to date passenger figure stands at 431,261, 12% down on the same period in 2006, while overall capacity is down 8%.
Commercial 'per passenger' performance continues to improve as a result of IAEL entering into more favourable agreements. This income stream has increased by 40% on last year and nearly doubled since IAEL purchased 90% of the airport in December 2005.
Following a thorough analysis of environmental and economic
impacts, the airport expects to lodge a planning application in January 2008 to permit the development of the airport.
A successful outcome will enable enhancement of the runway capabilities and certainty of the ability to expand apron and terminal space. This certainty is considered necessary to get airlines to commit to a substantial long term presence at the airport.
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