19 Nov 2007
Glasgow Prestwick Airport
Glasgow Prestwick handled 228,893 passengers during the month, up 1% on October 2006 and a 2% improvement on September's total.
Growth once again stemmed from Ryanair's Riga and Derry services, both introduced in the last year, and Wizz Air's Katowice route which was introduced in September. This was partly offset by some softness in domestic London services.
Ryanair launched a new daily service to George Best Belfast
City Airport and a twice weekly service to Kaunas in Lithuania at the end of the month.
Elvis returned to Glasgow Prestwick in October. Prestwick Airport was the only place he ever set foot in the UK and his return was to open the contemporary Elvis themed airside bar. Elvis (in the form of award-winning Gordon Hendricks) performed concerts on consecutive nights for VIP
guests and staff. Just prior to Elvis touching down, the Scottish Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate
Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP, unveiled a marble and brass floorplate commemorating Elvis' 1960 visit and welcomed the new retail and infrastructure upgrades at the airport.
The airport handled 2,617 tonnes of freight in October, which represents a 5% increase on September's total but 9% down on the prior year. The year to date freight volume remains ahead of the equivalent period in 2006 by 3%.
Kent International Airport
Kent International handled 4,173 tonnes of freight during October - a new record for the airport since Infratil's acquisition in 2005. This represents a significant freight tonnage increase of 164% on the prior year and 232% on the September total.
The growth was driven primarily by the introduction of daily MK Airlines services, along with consistent traffic from other regular customers and the arrival of a new customer at the airport: Rock-it Cargo.
Rock-it specialise in the shipping of band and stage equipment for global concert tours. This is an area of the business with good future potential given the flexible facilities, lack of congestion and the airport's highly committed team.
Rock-it used the airport for two 747 charters during October and more movements are planned for later in the year.
Flughafen Lübeck handled 55,061 passengers in October, 14% down on the prior year but 4% up on September's total.
Again, soft loads on the London route were a major factor in the negative result against the prior year.
A new Ryanair service to Barcelona Girona started at the end of the month and appears to be attracting strong support from both the local market and, perhaps less obviously, inbound Spanish visitors.
It has been confirmed that Sky Airlines will operate weekly
charter flights to Antalya in Turkey from April 2008.
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