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LIVE TRAFFIC BLOG: Airport passenger numbers for October

UPDATED (NOV 20): Follow the latest passenger number updates for October with our live traffic blog.

Written by @SteveThompsonAM

NOVEMBER 20, 2012

Dublin Airport

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport exceeded 1.7 million in October, a 10% increase on the same month last year. Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 13% with more than 910,000 people travelling to European destinations during the month.

NOVEMBER 19, 2012

Brisbane Airport

Passenger numbers through Brisbane Airport in October were up 4.7% per cent on last year, with more than 1.9 million passing through the Domestic and International Terminals last month. Domestic passenger numbers reached a record of 1.53 million, equating to a year-on-year increase of 6.4%, or almost 93,000 extra passengers.

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport handled 4.7 million passengers and 346,000 tonnes of cargo, giving it year-on-year increases of 1.9% and 1.1% respectively. The airport also saw 30,025 flight movements, representing an increase of 5.1%.

NOVEMBER 14, 2012

London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick saw a 2.1% increase in October, handing 2.98 million passengers. Long haul carriers contributed more than 39,000 passengers of the October traffic increase and load factors remain high at 82.2%.

HIAL (Scottish regional airports)

Latest figures from airport operator HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 115,013 passengers last month, an increase of 0.7% compared to October 2011. Sumburgh recorded an increase of 10.8% as a result of growth in oil sector movements. Kirkwall recorded an increase of 3.0% due to higher demand for flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and the islands.

At Campbeltown and Tiree, passenger numbers rose by 18.5% and 16.8% respectively due to increased traffic on Glasgow services, while numbers increased at Benbecula by 4.9%. Barra recorded the biggest increase in passengers, up 35.4%, as a result of increased demand on scheduled routes to Glasgow and Benbecula.

At Inverness, an increase in passengers to Amsterdam was offset by fewer flights to Luton and Gatwick this winter. Passenger numbers at the Highland capital fell by 3% as a result. Numbers fell at Stornoway by 1.5%, by 1.9% at Islay, and by 2% at Wick John O’ Groats. At Dundee, a reduction in passengers on the Belfast route resulted in a 1% drop in passengers.

NOVEMBER 13, 2012

Vienna Airport

The number of passengers handled by Vienna Airport rose by 4% to 1.99 million. The number of transfer passengers rose 2.7% while the number of local passengers increased by 5%.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne international market grew by more than 29,000 passengers (or 5.1%) in October. The 596,000 international passenger movements in October were 10,000 more than previous month. The past three months have seen growth in excess of 5%, which continues to be driven by North Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and South East Asia passport holders.

International passenger growth at Melbourne Airport

NOVEMBER 12, 2012

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD)

RFD continues its strong passenger growth in 2012 by posting a 24% increase in passenger traffic, to 14,849, for October. Year-to-date passenger traffic is also up nearly 14%.

Oslo Airport (Avinor)

Passenger numbers increased by 3.1% at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. Among Avinor’s other major airports, growth was greatest at Stavanger Airport, Sola, where passenger figures increased by 3.9%. Trondheim Airport, Værnes, followed with growth of 2.4%, while Bergen Airport, Flesland, saw growth of 1.7%.


Frankfurt Airport served 5.2 million passengers in October, up 1.4% year-on-year. Cargo (airfreight and airmail) tonnage declined by 7.3% to about 180,000 tonnes. Fraport's five consolidated airports – Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Antalya (AYT), Burgas (BOJ), Varna (VAR) and Lima (LIM) – grew by 2.7% to a total of 9.1 million passengers.

Copenhagen Airport

Passenger numbers topped the 2.1 million mark – a 2.3% year-on-year improvement. International traffic at the airport grew 4.1% in October, while transfer traffic was up by 8.1%.

Chopin Airport

Chopin Airport recorded a 9.5% drop in traffic to 740,600 passengers. The airport also recorded a fall in aircraft movements, with 7.9% less landings and take-offs.

London Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow blamed lower October passenger numbers on the combined effects of Hurricane Sandy and late half term school holidays. Traffic was down 0.1% on the previous October, to six million, with 200 flight cancellations caused by the “super storm” in in the US.

Figures for other airports owned by Heathrow (formerly BAA)

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