Stat of the day: 9.75m

The number of people who passed through BAA's six UK airports last month

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
After 11 major airlines have been fined almost 800m Euros for fixing the price of air cargo, there’s at least good news for UK airports: 9.75m passengers passed through BAA’s six major airports last month – a 3.4% increase on last year’s figure.

The rise is mainly attributed to an increase in the number of business travellers, with long-haul trips proving the most popular – 173,000 people travelled between Heathrow and China or Hong Kong in October, an increase of 16% from the same period last year.  

But the good news doesn't apply to all the UK's airports. While Edinburgh numbers were up by 3.5%, elsewhere in Scotland, Glasgow numbers fell by 7.4% and Aberdeen's figures were down 5%. Stansted also dipped by 3.1%, with holiday flights down.

The UK’s low interest rates and weak pound are no doubt playing their part in enticing more people to do business here. On the other hand, it means fewer Brits are taking holidays. Better prepare for a cold winter, spring and probably summer too at this rate.

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