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Old March 31st, 2005, 06:13 AM   #61
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Virgin tackles Terminal Five
By MARK HUBAND
31 March 2005
Financial Times

Virgin Atlantic has signed a memorandum of understanding with BAA allowing it to change check-in facilities at London's Heathrow airport to head-off competition from the new Terminal Five.

Virgin says its passengers at Terminal Three will have a more "intimate" experience during check-in, with the aim of bringing the check-in, security checks, waiting areas and piers to within 200m of each other.

The company's strategy will mean extensive redesigning at Terminal Three. The agreement, which is announced today, will involve extending the check-in area out into what is the passenger dropping-off area. The building work will be designed by Foster and Partners, architects of Stansted Airport.

Virgin Atlantic has been critical of British Airways' extensive access to the new Terminal Five, and is redesigning its facilities to improve passenger through-put in competition with the expected efficiencies from which BA will benefit at the new terminal.
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Old March 31st, 2005, 07:00 PM   #62
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UK air traffic control to shut centre near Heathrow

LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) - Britain's air traffic control body said on Wednesday it planned to close down its operation centre near London's Heathrow airport as part of a 1 billion pound ($1.9 billion) modernisation programme.

National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS) said in a statement it would move 500 staff from its West Drayton centre near Heathrow to its existing Swanwick operations at Fareham in England by 2007.

The move is part of NATS' plan to control UK airspace from two centres at Swanwick and Prestwick by 2010 instead of the existing four.

The partly privatised body is implementing a 1 billion pound investment plan to modernise Britain's air traffic control system and add enough capacity to deal with 3 million flights per year by 2012, up from 2 million in 2003.

NATS was criticised in June last year after a computer failure briefly grounded all aircraft in Britain at peak time in the morning, causing airport chaos.

NATS is 49 percent owned by the British government, 42 percent by a consortium of UK airlines, 4 percent by airport operator BAA Plc (BAA.L) and 5 percent by NATS staff.
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Old April 4th, 2005, 04:31 AM   #63
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All change at Heathrow
Andrew Clark, Transport correspondent
2 April 2005
The Guardian

Virgin Atlantic's cramped check-in area at Heathrow is to be doubled in size through a pounds 50m Norman Foster-designed terminal extension dedicated to the airline.

The development, due to be completed in phases between 2007 and 2012, will include extra desks and a "drive-thru" area for premium passengers arriving in complimentary limousines.

The work will be paid for by BAA, which is under pressure to improve facilities for smaller airlines once British Airways moves to the airport's fifth terminal which is due to open in 2008.

Several carriers including BMI have accused the airport operator of putting them at a disadvantage by leaving them in ageing buildings with facilities inferior to those offered by BA.

BAA this week revealed that it intends to put Star Alliance's 16 airlines, which include BMI, United Airlines and Lufthansa, in a revamped terminal one. Heathrow's terminal two will become an enlarged arrivals hall for terminal one.

Terminal four will be reserved for the SkyTeam alliance - which includes Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta. Terminal three will be for unaligned long-haul airlines using the new A380 Airbus superjumbo.
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Recent pics of Terminal 5 U/C anyone?
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Old April 5th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #65
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BA says market conditions 'broadly unchanged'
March traffic up 4.5 pct

5 April 2005

LONDON (AFX) - British Airways PLC said market conditions are unchanged as it reported a 4.5 pct increase in March passenger traffic.

'Market conditions remain broadly unchanged,' the flag carrier said in its monthly report.

'All market segments remain price sensitive and yield (average fares) declines are expected to continue.'

BA reiterated previous guidance that revenue in the year to March 2005 will improve 3.0-3.5 pct.

The increase in traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs), comprised a 1.7 pct increase in premium traffic and a 5.0 pct increase in non-premium traffic.

Passenger capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), was 2.2 pct above March 2004.

Passenger load factor -- passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available -- was up 1.7 points versus last year to 75.7 pct.

Cargo, measured in Cargo Tonne Kilometres (CTKs), rose by 1.4 pct.

Overall load factor was up 0.4 points to 70.7 pct.

BA also detailed figures for the fourth quarter to end March. ASKs rose 1.4 pct, with RPKs rising by 4.7 pct -- premium up 6.4 pct and non-premium up 4.4 pct. Passenger load factor was up 2.3 points to 73.0 pct. CTKs rose 2.8 pct.

The airline added that as a result of the yen's depreciation against sterling, there will be a non-cash accounting credit of 8 mln stg in the fourth-quarter financial results. These are due to be announced on May 13.

Last month BA forecast revenue growth in the year to end-March 2006 of 3-4 pct but said it expects to pay 300 mln stg more for its jet fuel compared to 2004/05 due to the high cost of crude.
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BA to begin twice-weekly flights to Algeria in June
8 April 2005

LONDON (AFX) - British Airways said it will start flights to Hassi Messaoud

in Algeria from London Gatwick starting from June 7.

The carrier said there will be two flights a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, using a Boeing 737.

Robert Boyle, British Airways commercial planning director, said: 'Hassi Messaoud is a centre for oil and gas production and our market research shows that there is a business demand for these services.'

The route becomes British Airways' sixth to start from Gatwick this summer along with Bucharest in Romania, Salonika in Greece, Sofia in Bulgaria, Split in Croatia and Vilnius in Lithuania.

The airline also flies from London Gatwick to the Algerian capital, Algiers, five times a week.
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Manchester Airports Group says March traffic up 12.5 pct
11 April 2005

LONDON (AFX) - Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the UK's second largest airport operator after BAA PLC, said its four airports handled 2.0 mln passengers in March, an increase of 12.5 pct compared to the same month last year.

MAG, which is local authority owned, comprises airports at Manchester, Nottingham East Midlands, Humberside and Bournemouth.

The group handled 27.4 mln passengers in the year to end-March 2005, an increase of 6.5 pct over the previous year.

'Low cost-carriers opening new routes continue to fuel growth at Manchester, NEMA and Bournemouth and, along with the start of the summer schedules and an early Easter, has helped deliver excellent March figures,' said finance director Philip Ridal.

'The outlook for the summer is encouraging and we are expecting to handle a record number of passengers.'

Earlier, BAA PLC, operator of seven UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, said it handled 11.6 mln passengers in February, an underlying increase of 5.0 pct.
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Retailers are sold on sites as BAA prepares Terminal 5 for business
Sarah Butler
11 April 2005
The Times

Sarah Butler on the plans for the highly prized shopping units at Heathrow's new Pounds 39bn extension

A GEM of a fact underlines the soaring success of airport retailing: that a fifth of fragrances and 13 per cent of sunglasses bought in Britain are sold either side of the departure gates.

The revelation explains the scramble under way for the mostly highly prized shopping sites at Heathrow's Terminal 5 after BAA, the airports operator, has confirmed plans for up to 150 retail sites.

Britain's airports have already traded nicotine-stained coffee shops for the likes of Chez Gerard and Starbucks, while boutiques such as Hermes and Burberry sit side-by-side with high street staples such as Boots and Dixons.

Colin Hargrave, managing director of BAA Retail, told The Times: "People are arriving earlier at the airport since 9/11. Partly, they are planning for the new security measures, but they are also planning to spend a bit of time shopping once they have gone through security."

BAA, which operates seven UK airports including Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, derives more than half its income from retail. It needs the cash to fund the building of new terminals and runways.

So the past few years have seen the company add 750,000 sq ft of retail space by extending existing terminals.

For example a 20,000 sq ft extension to Terminal 1 at Heathrow will open in June, with the first airport store for LK Bennett, the footwear retailer, and BAA's first experiment with signing up a gastropub -the Tin Goose, run by Geronimo Inns. Terminal 5 will add 200,000 sq ft more retail space, bringing the total to about 1.4 million sq ft.

Because space is at a premium in airports, each retailer operates within stores much smaller than their high street equivalent, but sales per sq ft can be many times higher.

One property agent said that retailers could pull in about Pounds 2,000 per sq ft compared with much less than half that for most high street retailers.

Hargrave says: "It's a real learning curve for retailers in their first year. They don't always appreciate the pace and the volume."

But, of course, this volume comes at a price. While basic rents are typically Pounds 100,000 compared with Pounds 350,000 on the high street, retailers must hand over up to 22 per cent of their turnover to airport operators, according to property sources, compared with 10 per cent on high streets.

In addition, the tight space and security conditions imposed by airports mean that operating costs are considerably higher.

There is no space for a stock room, so merchandise must be delivered to the store from an off-site location several times a day, much of it checked through customs.

Some terminals have a web of secret underground passages where staff and merchandise can be checked through completely separately. The whole operation, from security passes to 24-hour staff, is expensive. But retailers say that the payoff is more than worth it.

Several retailers have their highest-turnover stores in airport locations -for example, Fat Face's new site at Gatwick.

The airport is a unique kind of retail environment, which can give would-be international brands a chance to find out which nationalities might appreciate their wares, and the high footfall means that retailers can get an instant reaction to new ideas.

Heathrow, the world's busiest international airport, handles 65 million passengers a year.

BAA collects a huge amount of information on the type of customers passing through and and hands this on to stores so that they can tailor their ranges to suit.

Stores will often change the displays more than once a day to reflect the tastes of the different kinds of passengers arriving. And, of course, each airport terminal also has its distinctive clientele.

At Stansted, for example where 93 per cent of the business is low-cost airlines flying to Europe, BAA has worked with food outlets such as Starbucks and even Caviar House,the upmarket seafood bar, to develop "grab and go" meals that can be eaten on the aircraft, because many budget airlines offer little or no food.

Terminal 3 at Heathrow, which handles mainly long-haul flights, has designer retailers, such as Chanel, as well as high street shops and sit-down restaurants catering to foreign nationals waiting to transfer to different flights.

At Gatwick South, high street brands such as Ted Baker and French Connection cater to families going on holiday.

Terminal 5 will no doubt combine the upmarket and high street brands, but Hargrave says that he wants to try out new ideas as well.

He says that BAA plans to introduce health and beauty services, perhaps including a walk-in clinic or a hairdresser, to see how this appeals to customers.

The Pounds 39 billion, five-storey terminal, with more shopping outlets than Brent Cross, the North London shopping centre (albeit within a smaller space), is expected to open in 2008.

It will serve British Airways flights that currently operate out of Heathrow's terminals 1 and 2.
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BAA Handled 11.6M Passengers In Mar
11 April 2005
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--BAA PLC said Monday that its U.K. airports handled 11.6 million passengers in March, up 7.7% on the same period last year.

The company said numbers were helped by an early Easter holiday. Stripped of the Easter effect, the underlying increase for March is estimated at 5.0%.

For the financial year end March 2005, BAA's U.K. airports handled 141.7 million, an increase of 6.3% against the previous financial year, said BAA in a statement.

European scheduled markets increased 9.7%, helped by a 21.0% increase in passenger numbers carried by low cost airlines.

North Atlantic markets were 3.3% higher and traffic on Other Long Haul routes added 14.1%. Despite the earlier Easter, European Charter markets declined 1.9% reflecting continued competitive pressures. U.K. Domestic routes recorded 4.0% growth.

BAA's U.K. airports each reported increases in March. Gatwick benefited most from the early Easter and recorded the highest growth during the calendar month at 15.4%.

Passenger numbers through Gatwick exceeded 32 million during the financial year, the first time numbers have exceeded 32 million since September 2001.

Heathrow was 5.2% up on the previous year while Stansted increased 9.1%.

Elsewhere Southampton recorded an increase in the calendar month of 11.7% while BAA's Scottish airports recorded combined growth of 3.8%.

The number of air transport movements increased 2.9% in March (+3.5% for the year), while cargo traffic fell 3.3%, reflecting a drop in the number of working days in March. Overall the full year cargo activity was up by 6.7%.
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British air traffic rises 7.7 percent in March

LONDON, April 11 (AFP) - British airports operator BAA on Monday announced a 7.7-percent rise in passenger numbers in March from the same period of the previous year, helped by an early start to Easter festivities.

BAA, owner of seven British airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, said it handled 11.6 million air travellers last month.

Excluding the effect of an early start to Easter, the underlying annual increase for March was estimated at 5.0 percent, BAA said.

Gatwick, south of London, benefited most from Easter beginning in March rather than April, recording a 15.4-percent hike in passenger numbers -- the highest annual growth of any airport under BAA's wing.

Passenger numbers through Gatwick exceeded 32 million during the year to the end of March -- the airport's highest level since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

For the full-year to the end of March, total passenger numbers at all BAA's airports increased by 6.3 percent to 141.7 million.

BAA said that North Atlantic traffic rose by 3.3 percent in March from the same period of the previous year.

Long-haul routes excluding traffic across the North Atlantic surged by 14.1 percent and European scheduled traffic climbed by 9.7 percent.
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BAA passenger number growth in Scotland lags UK
KARL WEST
12 April 2005
The Herald

SCOTLAND'S three major airports enjoyed slower growth in passenger numbers last month than BAA's national average 7.7-per cent rise in traffic.

After stripping out the effect of the Easter bank holiday weekend, BAA said the increase was 5-per cent - still higher than February's 4.6-per cent gain.

The airport operator handled 11.6 million passengers in March. BAA's three Scottish hubs - Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen - saw just a 3.8-per cent increase in passengers to 1.5 million last month, well below the 7.7-per cent UK average.

Aberdeen continues to be Scotland's fastest-growing airport, with a 7.9-per cent increase in passengers last month at over 227,000.

Edinburgh is Scotland's biggest airport, with more than 670,000 passengers passing through in March, a 3.5-per cent increase.

Glasgow saw a modest 2.6-per cent increase in numbers during the month at 603,000.

For the year to March as a whole, the group's UK airports handled 141.7 million passengers, up 6.3-per cent against the previous financial year.

Glasgow has seen a 5.7-per cent increase for the year, with Edinburgh and Aberdeen both seeing a 6.2-per cent increase in passenger numbers. London's Gatwick airport was the main winner from the early Easter, with traffic rising by 15.4-per cent in March. Passenger numbers through the airport topped 32 million during the financial year, the first time numbers have exceeded 32 million since September 2001.

Heathrowwas 5.2-per cent up on the same month a year earlier, while Stansted increased by 9.1-per cent.

BAA eased 1.5p to 594.5p.
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National Air Traffic Flights Up, Delays Dn
12 April 2005
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--National Air Traffic Services said Tuesday that a total of 2,200,665 flights used U.K. airspace in the year to March 2005, a new record and an increase of 4.8% on the year ago period.

In its figures for the year to March 2005, National Air Traffic Services, or NATS, also said that in March it handled 181,524 flights, an increase of 5.5% on the same month last year.

The air traffic management company said that despite rising traffic levels, service delivery showed significant improvement, with the average delay, per flight, attributable to NATS in the 12 months of the 2004/2005 financial year, falling to 20.9 seconds, compared to 40.6 seconds in 2003/2004, a reduction of 48.5%.

Furthermore, in 2004/2005, 98% of flights experienced no NATS attributable delay, an improvement from 95.6% in 2003/2004.

NATS' Chief Executive, Paul Barron, said: "With demand for air travel set to increase over the next decade we have embarked on an ambitious GBP1 billion modernisation programme to meet future demand and to continue to provide a safe and reliable service."

In March, the average NATS attributable delay, per flight, was just 6.2 seconds compared to 23.1 seconds in March 2004.

The proportion of flights receiving no NATS attributable delay also improved, to 99.3% in March 2005, compared to 97.3% in the same period last year.

All four of NATS' en-route centres, London Area Control (LACC) at Swanwick, Hampshire, London Terminal Control at West Drayton, Scottish Area and Oceanic Control at Prestwick and Manchester Area Control reported healthy traffic increases for 2004/2005 compared to the previous year.
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UK-India flights double in deal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4441963.stm

UK airline flights to India are set to more than double under a new agreement signed by the countries on Wednesday.

Under the arrangement, the number of flights per week will rise from 40 now to at least 84 by 2006.

It comes after flights increased last year, giving carriers other than BA a chance to compete on the routes.

The latest news was welcomed by BA, Virgin and BMI who will now be able to expand services on routes where demand currently outstrips supply.

The UK's Department for Transport said 56 of the 84 flights will operate between London's Heathrow airport and Delhi or Mumbai (Bombay).

The remaining flights will be between the UK and Bangalore and Chennai.

The number of flights between the US and India are also expected to increase as part of an agreement later this month.



^ This follows another expansion late last year:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4066239.stm
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Jet plans 21 flights per week to UK from May

Source: IRIS NEWS DIGEST (16 April 2005)

Jet Airways (Q, N,C,F)* plans to operate 21 flights a week between India and the UK in its winter schedule this year. The increased flights come on the back of new liberal bilateral agreements between the two countries. Jet plans to fly twice daily to London Heathrow from Mumbai and once from Delhi, reports Economic Times.

According to sources, in the next three months, the airline will open one new international station every month. The Chennai-Kuala Lumpur flights start from May 5, the Mumbai-London flights will kick off in May and the Mumbai-New Jersey flights (six a week) by the end of June.

The airline will simultaneously expand its tie-ups with large international carriers to offer its customers better connectivity.

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Jet Airways of India will launch daily scheduled service between Mumbai and London Heathrow from 23 May 2005.

The flights will be operated by Airbus 340-300 aircraft on lease from South African Airways and will operate on the following schedule.

9W 118 BOM d1145 LHR a1655 (Mo)
9W 118 BOM d1230 LHR a1740 (Th)
9W 118 BOM d1320 LHR a1830 (ex. Mo/Th)

9W 117 LHR d2125 BOM a1050+1 (daily)

All schedules and operations are still subject to Government approvals and will be available for sale after those formalities are completed.
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Airports report soaring numbers of passengers
ELEANOR COWIE
26 April 2005
The Herald

MORE than 200 million passengers passed through UK airports last year, an increase of 8-per cent on 2003.

Aviation statistics released yesterday said that from 1987 to 2004 passenger numbers doubled at London's airports and tripled at regional airports.

Scottish airports also recorded strong figures, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), with the biggest percentage increase at Inverness.

The Highland terminal showed a 20-per cent rise in passenger use from 2003 to 2004, with 92,142 more people using its services.

Edinburgh and Glasgow airports also experienced rises of 7-per cent and 5-per cent, respectively.

At Edinburgh, 536,123 more passengers used the airport in 2004 than 2003, and last year a total of 8,575,039 passengers used Glasgow International Airport, a rise of 445,326.

Prestwick catered for 1.39 million international passengers in 2004 - making it the eleventh most popular airport in the UK for overseas flights.

Prestwick to Stansted was also among the 10 most popular domestic routes last year.

Despite the 8-per cent rise, passenger numbers between the UK and North America did not reach pre-September 11 levels.

The CAA reported that passenger traffic at the five main London airports - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City - grew 7-per cent last year to 129 million passengers.

Heathrow numbers rose 3.6-per cent to 67.34 million; Gatwick was up 5-per cent to 31.46 million;

Stansted was up 12-per cent to 20.91 million; Luton rose 11-per cent to 7.53 million and London City increased 14-per cent to 1.67 million.

The number of passengers using UK regional airports rose 9-per cent last year to 88 million. Of the 10 largest regional airports the fastest growing was Newcastle - up 21-per cent to 4.72 million.

Bristol saw a 19-per cent rise to 4.64 million and Leeds Bradford handled 2.36 million passengers - 17-per cent more than in 2003.

Among other English airports enjoying big increases were Exeter - up 57-per cent to 621,624 passengers; Plymouth, up 44-per cent to 128,621; and Blackpool, up 43-per cent to 266,179.

The majority of passengers in the UK last year flew to or from Europe. The number on flights to or from Europe totalled 122 million - 7-per cent up on 2003.

With more Eastern European countries in the EU, passenger numbers on those routes rose 97-per cent with an an extra million travellers last year.

There were 25 million passengers on domestic flights last year - up 6-per cent on 2003 - and 21 million on North American flights - up 9-per cent. Numbers were up 21-per cent last year on routes to Africa and the Middle East.

Debbie McLean, CAA transport statistics manager, said:

"These figures show a continued increase in airport usage, with over 217 million passengers travelling to and from UK airports last year. In particular, regional airports have shown considerable growth, largely as a result of the increasing inf luence of low-cost airlines."
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Rise in air near-misses puzzles experts
Andrew Clark
20 April 2005
The Guardian

Near-misses between aircraft over Britain have risen to a 12-year high, fuelling concern about overcrowding in the skies.

The UK Airprox Board, which investigates close shaves, yesterday revealed that there were 109 reported incidents in the first half of 2004, the highest number since 1992.

Experts are puzzled by the sudden increase, 28% up on 2003 and the reversal of a steady downward trend since the introduction of automatic warning systems in cockpits.

The airprox board pointed out that more than half of the near-misses were rated as having "no collision risk". Peter Hunt, the board's chairman, said: "There was a lot of fine weather in the early part of last year. That brings more people out flying and you get more near-misses when there are more people in the sky."

Several near-misses took place around Stansted airport, which has seen rapid expansion owing to the popularity of low-cost European flights.
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Liverpool airport hailed as fastest-growing in UK
27 April 2005
Daily Post (Liverpool)

LIVERPOOL is the UK"s fastest growing airport, according to new figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

In the five-year period between 1999 and 2004, Liverpool John Lennon Airport saw a 157.6% increase in passengers, from 1.3m in 1999 to 3.3m in 2004.

However, the figures also show that the pace of growth slowed last year.

The annual increase in 2004 was just 6%, behind other regional airports like Bristol and Newcastle.

This left the airport static in 13th position in terms of passenger throughput.

However, it is expected to rise further up the table during the current year. In particular, the dramatic increase in traffic from Ryanair, who will soon have added 11 new services from Liverpool, should drive growth rates up again.

Also contributing to the expected growth is Flybe, which is adding six new services, plus a full year"s effect of additional services from Aer Lingus, Wizz Air, Air Wales and Aer Arann.

For example, there have already been monthly increases this year of 12%, 11% and 19% in January, February and March respectively, compared to the same period in 2004. The March figure is the biggest monthly rise in two years.

Coinciding with the release of the latest figures, Ryanair yesterday launched new services to Pisa, Cork and Granada. A new service to Shannon begins next week.

Over the next year, Ryanair will carry up to 1.5m passengers through Liverpool, making it a tourism gateway for over one million European visitors to Merseyside.

Liverpool JLA spokesman Robin Tudor said: "These latest statistics from the CAA clearly indicate the progress that"s been made by the airport in recent years.

"From an airport that had very few services to very few destinations, we"ve grown dramatically and are continuing to grow."

According to CAA figures, traffic at all the UK"s regional airports grew by 9% to a total of 88m passengers.

Steve Pearse, transport policy specialist at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, said: "Liverpool has got some of the busiest routes, such as the one to Belfast International.

"From an initially low base, there has been a continued expansion of the network with new operators coming on to the other routes, and the investment in the new terminal and all associated facilities.

"Both Ryanair and Easyjet have shown their commitment to Liverpool by basing their aircraft here and there are new operators coming in such as Wizzair, so there is a real range of destinations being offered. It also means Liverpool is now on the destination boards of a lot more airports" In this context, the number of inward travellers coming to Liverpool as a destination is very significant, as it means a growth in tourist activity.

"Both business connections and tourism bring new money into the area.

"The basing of aircraft here is critical because it involves so many people spending money in the locality, not just pilots, cabin crew and engineering staff, but the supply companies as well who are all contributing to the economy.

"This is a generator in its own right in terms of economic activity. All of these have acted as a stimulus to investment in the area. The changes have been phenomenal over the past decade, and the airport has played a big part in that
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BAA sees London airport traffic up 3 pct over 10 yrs

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) - Britain's largest airport operator BAA Plc (BAA.L) said on Thursday it expected average passenger traffic at its three London airports to grow 3 percent over the next ten years.

BAA, whose seven airports include London's Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, also said in a statement it expected to spend about 6.8 billion pounds ($12.93 billion) over the next ten years.

It tipped passenger traffic to grow by 3.5 percent at the three London airports in the current financial year.
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Transport: Roundup: Airports in London to get pounds 6.8bn
29 April 2005
The Guardian

BAA plans to invest pounds 6.8bn in London's three main airports over the next 10 years, it said yesterday.

Passenger numbers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are expected to rise from 121 million a year now to 162 million a year by 2015, the airport operator said.

The company added that its 10-year forecast did not take into account any runway expansion at Heathrow or Stansted. There are plans for a second runway at Stansted in Essex in about 2011, while a third runway at Heathrow could be built in about 2015.

BAA said it expected annual passenger numbers at Heathrow to rise from 67.7 million this year to 86 million by 2015. Numbers at Gatwick were likely to increase from 32 million to 41 million, while Stansted could rise from 21.2 million to 35 million, it said.

For 2005, traffic grew at the three London airports by 6.2% and BAA invested pounds 1.28bn. The company said that Heathrow's new pounds 4.2bn terminal 5 was on schedule and due to open in 2008.

Over the next year, BAA expects to invest pounds 1.4bn in the three airports and for passenger numbers to grow by 3.5% from 120.9 million to 125.1 million.

BAA's chief executive, Mike Clasper, said: "Demand for air travel in the UK will continue to grow." - PA
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