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NEW UPDATES: LIVE TRAFFIC BLOG – airport passenger numbers for February

(NEW UPDATES MARCH 27) Follow the latest passenger number updates for February with our live traffic blog. Latest airports: Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dubai International, Singapore Changi.

March 27

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport saw passenger numbers rise 13.1% to 1.2 million in February. Aircraft movements in February also grew by 7.5%, totalling 9,960 movements, and cargo increased by 16.7%, reaching 50,020 tonnes.

March 26

Dubai International Airport

Dubai International passenger numbers continued to soar in February with 5.08 million travellers passing through the facility up 11.4% from 4.56 million last year.

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.12 million passengers in February, an increase of 9.2% over the same month last year. Aircraft movements for the month grew by 4.2% to 25,900 flights.

March 20

Hong Kong International Airport

HKIA handled 4.7 million of passengers in February, representing 14.5% growth over the same period last year. Cargo volume dropped by 13.3% to 248,000 tonnes, while flight movements increased by 4.1% to 27,665.

Melbourne Airport

Passenger numbers at Melbourne Airport increased by 3% in February compared to the same month last year. A total of 2,263,496 domestic and international passengers (excluding transit passengers) travelled through Melbourne Airport during the month. International passengers were up by 2% compared to the same period last year, to reach a total of 540,871 for the month. Domestic passengers increased by 4% in February 2013 compared to last year, to reach 1,722,625 passengers.

March 15

Oslo Airport

In February, 1,605,408 passengers travelled through Oslo Airport, a 0.2% decrease. The number of international flights increased 1.9%, while domestic flights decreased 2.4%. The number of aircraft movements in February was 16,876. This is a decrease of 3.9% compared with February 2012. Oslo Airport said the slight decrease in passenger numbers was down to last year being a leap year.

March 14

Chopin Airport

Chopin Airport handled more than 637,000 passengers in February 2013, a 9.1% increase year-on-year. Radosław Żuk, spokesman for Chopin Airport, said: “Without a doubt, this great result was largely thanks to Ryanair and Wizz Air’s decision to transfer all their flights back to Chopin Airport due to maintenance work at Modlin Airport.” Chopin Airport has served 1.31 million passengers since the beginning of 2013, 10% more than in the corresponding period of 2012.

Vienna Airport

The number of passengers handled by Vienna Airport fell by 4.0% year-on-year to 1,331,625 in February 2013. After an adjustment for the extra day in the previous year (29 February 2012), passenger traffic in February 2013 equalled the level recorded in February 2012.

March 13

Aéroports de Paris

In February 2013, Aéroports de Paris passenger traffic decreased by 1.8% compared to February 2012 with a total of 5.9 million passengers including 4.1 million at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (-1.6%) and 1.8 million at Paris-Orly (-2.1%). On a like-for-like basis (2012 was a leap year), traffic increased by 1.7%.

ANA airports

In February passenger traffic at ANA airports fell 0.5% (9,000 passengers) compared to the same period last year, despite a 1.4% growth in Lisbon and 6.0% in Madeira. Even with this downward trend, the LCC segment rose 1.9% (9,000 passengers).

March 12

Novosibirsk International Airport

Monthly traffic grew by 9.3%, compared to the same period of the previous year to 226,447 passengers. This was made up from 130,778 passengers on domestic routes (+1.4%), and 95,669 on international routes (+22.5%).

Copenhagen Airport

Passenger numbers at Copenhagen Airport for February were down by 1.6%, but the decline was solely caused by the fact that last year was a leap year. Adjusted for the lack of the 29th day of February this year, passenger figures for the month actually represent a 2% increase. A total of 1,994,715 passengers passed through Copenhagen Airport in February. A comparison with the first 28 days of last year shows that this represents a 2% year-on-year increase.

March 11

Manchester Airport

The number of passengers who travelled through Manchester Airport in February rose 1.5% to nearly 1.2 million. Taking into account the fact there was a leap year in 2012, the rate of passenger growth was 5%.

Aberdeen International 

The airport recorded a dip in passenger numbers, compared to the previous year. Figures for February 2013 were down 1.2% on the same month in 2012. There was growth of 1.7% recorded in the fixed-wing passenger number. The helicopter operation continues to face challenging times, recording a drop of 15.1%. Commercial director, Carol Benzie, said the “on-going issues” with the helicopter fleet as well as the leap year, were to blame.

London Stansted

The airport handled 1.1 million passengers in February, a 3% rise (allowing for the leap year). Cargo was also up 3.7% on February 2012.

Gatwick Airport

London Gatwick saw 2.14 million passengers in February, slightly down on last year, but a 2.2% increase when adjusted for 2012 being a leap year.

The airport hit record load factors for February at 80.7%. It was also a good month for route development with Garuda Indonesia confirming that they will be launching direct flights to Jakarta later this year.

Glasgow Airport

More than 423,000 people travelled through Glasgow Airport in February, representing year-on-year growth of 2.1% after adjusting for 2012 being a leap year.

Heathrow Airport

London Heathrow saw 4.85 million passengers in February, a record for the month and up 1.0% on February 2012. Adjusting for the fact that 2012 was a leap year, traffic was up 4.6%.

BA’s acquisition of bmi contributed to the increase, which was driven by a 1.8% rise in the average number of seats per aircraft to 198.4 seats, and a 2.4 percentage point increase in load factor to 69.6%.

European traffic performed well, up 4.4%. Italy was up 11.6%, Portugal up 9.0%, Germany was up 8.2% and Greece was down 7.4%.

Of the BRIC economies, traffic was up 29.8% for China, 4.1% for India and 3.1% for Russia. The only reduction was an 8.3% drop in traffic with Brazil, resulting in an overall increase in BRIC traffic of 5.1%. Middle Eastern traffic also performed strongly overall, up 6.2% on the same month last year. Traffic was down to North America (1.9%), Latin America (4.6%) and Africa (11.7%). Cargo was down 4.3% on last February, in line with EU-wide trends.

Chief executive for Heathrow, Colin Matthews, said: “This month’s figures reflect larger, fuller aircraft being used at Heathrow, not the addition of new routes to emerging economies which are so vital to UK trade, jobs and economic growth.”

March 7


Toulouse-Blagnac saw a 6.1% increase in passenger traffic, handling 536,316 passengers. International traffic rose 6.6% while domestic traffic increased 5.2%.

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