Friday, August 17, 2012

NEWS|London Olympics hit India-UK air traffic

The London Olympics have been blamed for a drop in passengers to and from India and other destinations during July, according to latest figures of arrivals at UK airportsThe London Olympics have been blamed for a drop in passengers to and from India and other destinations during July, according to latest figures of arrivals at UK airports.

Airport operator BAA, which operates Heathrow and other airports, today said passenger numbers in July were down across the company's five airports by 4.1 per cent in the month to 9.6 million.

This included a drop of 4.4 per cent at Heathrow to 6.6 million passengers.

There was a drop of 11 per cent in passengers to and from Indian destinations during the month, BAA said.

"The drop was more pronounced in the second half of the month and it is likely that the Olympics played a part, with UK passengers staying at home as well as non-Olympic visitors from overseas choosing to defer their journeys," BAA said.

European scheduled traffic at Heathrow was "significantly affected" by the impact of the Olympics and fell 6.6 per cent.

North Atlantic traffic remained almost unchanged (+0.1 per cent), whilst other long-haul routes had a collective decline of 6.3 per cent.

BAA said that within that decline, passenger numbers to and from India dropped 11 per cent but Brazil saw an increase of 15 per cent and China 3.4 per cent.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said, "We are proud to have played our part in giving the very bestwelcome to London 2012 to athletes and visitors alike."

SOURCE:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/london-olympics-hit-india-uk-air-traffic/articleshow/15492471.cms

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