London Heathrow has reported its busiest 12 months on record with 68 million passengers passing through its terminals since May 2010.
The hub also reported its busiest month in May, with traffic up 11.6%, a figure that reflects the disruption caused by last year’s ash cloud and BA industrial action. BAA calculated underlying growth with a 5.2% increase.
The airport group handled 9.3 million passengers in total in May with the late Easter holidays and Royal Wedding a factor in the increase, BAA said.
Across the UK, BAA's airports reported a mixed result for May, with Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen seeing impressive increases of 13.7%, 11.8% and 7% respectively, while Stansted saw a 0.7% improvement in passenger numbers, its first increase since October 2007, but this was set against an underlying fall of -4% as low-cost carriers move capacity to mainland Europe.
Southampton Airport repoted a traffic fall of 1.1% in May.
Cargo tonnage was down -5.6% at group level and by -5.9% at Heathrow, a result the airport operator said that was down to a backlog of freight not flown in April due to volcanic ash shutdown being shipped in May.