August statistics show strong growth at regional airports

Flybe at Cardiff Airport (The Aviation Media Co.)
Flybe at Cardiff Airport (The Aviation Media Co.)

Some of the UK’s key regional airports have shown strong growth this summer according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) statistics for August.

Heading the list was London Southend Airport which saw a 47.5% increase compared to the same period in 2017. Southend saw many new routes this summer from low fares airlines including Easyjet which helped to see 203951 passengers pass through its Terminal.

Elsewhere in the London Area, Stansted saw 8.4% growth while London Luton saw just 3.2%. London City Airport passenger numbers grew by 11.2% but the UK’s biggest airport, London Heathrow growth was just 2.6%

Other key regional airports seeing large growth included Cardiff Airport in Wales, Dundee in Scotland and Belfast City in Northern Ireland which saw passenger numbers rise 11.1%, 6.7% and 13.5% respectively.

It wasn’t all good news though, Doncaster Sheffield Airport was amongst a number of airports that saw a decline in passengers with 10.6% fewer passengers compared to 2017. East Midlands, and Manchester also saw negative growth with -1.2% & 0.6% respectively while Birmingham was one of the biggest losers at -8.5%.

Overall passengers numbers grew across the UK by 2.6% with 29,569,858 passengers using UK airports in August 2018.

Airport Aug ’17 Aug ’18
ABERDEEN 289102 283635
ALDERNEY 7646 7314
BARRA 1649 1504
BELFAST CITY (GEORGE BEST) 264928 255024
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL 592045 672018
BENBECULA 3126 3336
BIGGIN HILL 355 312
BIRMINGHAM 1496213 1368524
BLACKPOOL 1754 1209
CAMPBELTOWN 1001 930
CARDIFF WALES 182179 202405
CITY OF DERRY (EGLINTON) 16155 17665
DONCASTER SHEFFIELD 165539 147970
DUNDEE 1816 1937
DURHAM TEES VALLEY 11375 11157
EAST MIDLANDS INTERNATIONAL 613008 605226
EDINBURGH 1401604 1471940
EXETER 101673 104123
GATWICK 4908937 4927752
GLASGOW 1008868 1011785
GUERNSEY 87786 86765
HEATHROW 7482399 7644608
HUMBERSIDE 19352 18327
ISLE OF MAN 71336 79154
ISLES OF SCILLY (ST.MARYS) 14259 12455
LANDS END (ST JUST) 8413 8427
LEEDS BRADFORD 524803 520169
LERWICK (TINGWALL) 667 586
LIVERPOOL (JOHN LENNON) 511239 529155
LONDON CITY 396122 440336
LUTON 1705512 1759198
LYDD 202 60
MANCHESTER 3169167 3149437
NEWCASTLE 618084 619283
NEWQUAY 62364 59083
NORWICH 56767 60936
PRESTWICK 88727 80173
SCATSTA 14743 16460
SOUTHAMPTON 224822 203951
SOUTHEND 128851 189651
STANSTED 2743780 2973551
WICK JOHN O GROATS 1621 1470

For the full statistics please visit the CAA https://www.caa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/CAA/Content/Standard_Content/Data_and_analysis/Datasets/Airport_stats/Airport_data_2018_08/Airport_Statistics_Summary.pdf

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