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(UPDATED APRIL 23) Follow the latest passenger number updates for March with our live traffic blog. Latest airports: Lyon, Hong Kong, Bristol, Cardiff.

April 23

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

In March, overall traffic was up by 3.9% compared to 2012, totalling 697,034 passengers. Domestic traffic remained stable, up by 0.2%, while figures for international traffic rose by 6.4% with 422,939 passengers and a 10.5% increase for North Africa. These growing figures for March traffic bring up the cumulative total for 2013 to a 1.2% rise.

Hong Kong International Airport

Passenger volume increased by 8% to five million in March and aircraft movements rose by 3.2% to 30,540, while cargo decreased slightly by 2.2% to 360,000 tonnes.

April 17

Cardiff Airport

Passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport have fallen below the one million mark for the last 12 months. The provisional figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show 994,885 people flew from the airport in the year to March, down 15%.

Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport saw almost six million passengers in the last 12 months. The gateway handled 424,272 passengers in March, and increase of 4.33%.

April 16

Avinor - Norway

Traffic dipped 1.4% at Avinor’s Norwegian airports. A total of 3,740,981 passengers travelled through Avinor’s airports in March. Domestic traffic decreased by 9.4% compared to March last year, while international traffic increased by 16%. At Oslo Airport, traffic dropped by 4% compared to last March. At Trondheim Airport Værnes traffic dropped by 6.8%, while Bergen Airport Flesland and Stavanger Airport Sola experienced declines of 4.8% and 3.5% respectively. 

April 15 

Vienna Airport

The number of passengers handled by Vienna Airport rose by 0.3% year-on-year to 1,705,447 in March 2013. Declines were recorded in the number of flight movements with minus 6.6%, maximum take-off weight with minus 5.2% and cargo with minus 4.2%. The number of local passengers rose by 2.9% during this same period. The number of transfer passengers using Vienna Airport in March 2013 was 4.5% lower than in March 2012.

London Gatwick

London Gatwick served more than 2.5 million passengers during March, up by 2.5% on the previous year and the highest traffic figures seen in March for five years. The airport said the sustained cold weather in the UK and the earlier start to Easter contributed to the growth in traffic. There was 5.1% growth in traffic to long haul markets with 27,800 more passengers travelling to destinations across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Following several months of decline, European scheduled traffic was up 1.9% (25,400 more passengers) and European charter traffic was up 3.9% (9,400 more passengers).

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport saw 5.9 million passengers in March, a record for the month and up 3.9% on March 2012. The figures were driven by a record March average load factor of 75.8%, up 2.4 percentage points.

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport had 593,000 international passengers for the month of March, up 4.0% or 23,000 from March 2012. The additional passengers were driven by growth in international visitors (+8.0%), with large growth coming from key passport holders of North Asia (+15.4%), NZ/Pacific Islands (+9.7%) and South East Asia (+8.4%). International passengers for the 12 months to March 2013 was 6,987,000 (excl transits), another record for Melbourne Airport and a 4.0% increase from the previous year.

April 10 


In March, 2.7 million passengers flew to or from one of Swedavia’s 11 airports, a decrease of 3% compared to the same period in 2012. The number of domestic passengers fell 10% while the number of international passengers was up 2%. The number of domestic passengers was 1,100,000 and the number of international passengers was 1,600,000.

Stansted Airport

More than 1.34 million passengers travelled through Stansted Airport in March 2013, up 3.8% on the corresponding month last year. Figures released today also reveal that more than 17.5 million passengers used the airport during the 12 months ending March 2013 with the annual rate of decline narrowing to -1.8%, the lowest rate since the 12 months ending May 2008.

April 9

ANA group

In March passenger traffic at ANA group airports grew 5.6% (99,500 passengers) compared to the same period last year. This growth occurred in both segments, low cost and traditional, with more than 50,000 and 49,000 passengers respectively.

In terms of airports, the following registered a higher number of passengers: Lisbon (+6.7%), Porto (3%), Faro (5.4%) and Madeira (10.1%). In the Azores, traffic at ANA’s airports dropped 3.8%.

In terms of markets, growth was particularly strong in France, Germany, the UK, Holland and Switzerland (+88.3 million passenger overall). In terms of airlines, TAP, Transavia.com and Ryanair (+108 thousand passengers) stood out in particular.

April 8

Dublin Airport recorded an 8% increase in passengers in March, with 1.6 million travellers passing through the Ireland’s busiest airport.

April 5

Malta Airport

Passenger movements at Malta Airport increased 12.3% to 249,360. Seat capacity for the month was 4.3% more than last year, whilst the average seat load factor increased by 5.6 percentage points. 

April 4

Chopin Airport

Chopin Airport has had its best March on record, with more than 770,000 passengers handled, a 10.7% increase year-on-year. The high passenger numbers were driven by a decision by Ryanair and Wizz Air to transfer their flights back to Chopin Airport. The former carried more than 102,000 passengers at Chopin Airport in March 2013 and the latter carried nearly 80,000. The Polish gateway has served 2.1 million passengers since the beginning of 2013, 11.6% more than in the corresponding period of 2012, including 1.8 million travellers on international flights (+14.6%) and 250,000 domestically (-6.4%).

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