Easter boost for airport passenger numbers
Airport operator BAA said passenger numbers rose at Heathrow airport in April thanks to Easter holidaymakers.
Numbers were up 2.6 per cent to 5.6 million.
The late timing of Easter this year, which fell in March last year, provided a boost across all BAA’s airports last month, with a 2.3 per cent decline in passenger numbers showing a marked improvement on the 11.3 per cent plunge seen in March.
With the effect of the bank holiday break stripped out, BAA said the underlying decline remained stable at 6.8 per cent.
Edinburgh Airport also benefited from a rise in passengers, up 3.9 per cent last month, the first increase since last June.