BAA reports 8.9% drop in air passengers

BAA, the largest airport operator in Britain, has reported an 8.9% drop in the number of air passengers in November compared to same month last year. Gatwick and Stansted airports have seen the largest falls in passenger numbers.

The economic slowdown, industrial disputes at Air France and reduced winter schedules have been attributed to the fall.

BAA, which owns airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, has seen a decline from 10.8 million passengers in November 2007 to 9.8 million passengers this year.

At Heathrow, traffic fell by 4.8% from last year. But passenger numbers at Gatwick and Stansted fell 13.5% and 13.2% respectively because of airline service cut backs and the negative impact of the Open Skies deal brokered between the US and European Union which has opened up transatlantic air travel.

In Scotland, the BAA-owned Glasgow airport saw a fall of 15.6%, Aberdeen airport fell by 11.5% and Edinburgh fell 7.8% for the same period.

BAA says that the decline is because of the economic downturn and maintains an optimistic outlook for the future. “Long term prospects for growth remain good and the passenger volume will recover in due course,” it says in a statement.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here