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2008-10-12 00:00:25

Airline failures, the credit crunch and a dismal airport experience have caused a sharp fall in the number of fliers from the UK. Martin Hickman reports Air travel is declining for the first time in almost 20 years, The Independent on Sunday discloses today. Airline failures, harder economic times and a dismal airport experience have caused a sharp downturn in the number of travellers boarding planes at British airports. IoS figures show that traffic at 18 leading UK airports fell by 4.5...

2008-10-06 21:00:22

The carrier's load factor of 86.9 per cent was almost two percentage points higher than the same month a year earlier and better than the 84.1% seen for the last year.Passenger numbers rose 22.1 per cent on a year ago as Luton-based easyJet benefited from its acquisition of GB Airways from British Airways, as well as promotions and sales.EasyJet carried out heavy promotional activity in June and July with up to 20 per cent off two million seats - a strategy aimed at boosting traffic in the...

2008-09-17 12:00:23

Spain's Ferrovial Group announced Wednesday it would put London's Gatwick Airport up for sale to comply with an anti-competition ruling. Britain's Competition Commission ruled the owners of Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports should sell two of the three major transportation hubs, the Times of London reported Wednesday. Colin Matthews, chief executive officer of BAA, formerly the British Airports Authority, which runs the airports, said the company would appeal to keep the remaining...

2008-08-18 06:00:28

Although many global retailers are suffering from deteriorating consumer confidence, a new report from Verdict Research predicts that retail sales at airports will grow by 11% in 2008 to $30 billion, making it the fastest growing channel of retail after the internet. Furthermore, airport retail sales are set to continue to grow strongly over the next five years, particularly in emerging markets. Although retail sales at airports will remain resilient in developed markets, it is the emerging...

2008-08-06 00:00:25

By Sarah Arnott It was another gloomy day for the global airline industry yesterday as British Airways revealed depressed passenger numbers for what should have been one of the busiest months of the year, and two European carriers posted disappointing financial results. But BA's share price remained buoyant and closed up 5 per cent at 267.75p, on the back of oil prices hovering at the $118-mark (60) compared with the all-time high of $147 a barrel last month. Despite 3.5 per cent more...

2008-07-25 00:00:34

LOW-cost airline easyJet said today it had offset more than 50% of an anticipated Pounds 185 million rise in its annual fuel bill. In a trading update, the Luton-based operator forecast pre-tax profits of up to Pounds 120m for the year to the end of September, with revenues and cost-saving measures helping it to cope with soaring oil prices. It said third quarter passenger numbers were up by 16 per cent amid continued strong growth at Gatwick and mainland Europe, but added capacity growth...

2008-07-11 06:00:31

By Jane Bradley PASSENGER numbers at Scotland's three biggest airports dipped last month as business travellers cut back on domestic flights - opting for video-conferencing instead. Airport operator BAA, which runs Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports, said carriers cut capacity amid falling demand and consolidation in the charter flight market. The number of travellers using charter flights slumped by 10.4 per cent over the month at Glasgow, hitting overall passenger figures,...

2008-07-10 15:00:39

EDINBURGH Airport recorded its busiest June last month, with passenger numbers boosted by popular international routes. New figures from airport operator BAA Scotland show that overall traffic for the month was up by 1.5 per cent on last year, with a total of 859,382 passengers using the airport. This bucked the overall trend for Scottish airports, which recorded a 1.8 per cent drop in passengers across the board. BAA said new services to Pisa and Alicante showed strong growth, while...

2008-06-17 15:00:37

By Andrew Picken Green campaigners say high oil price will stop millions flying GREEN campaigners are calling for plans to expand Edinburgh Airport to be scaled back in the wake of soaring oil prices. Airport operator BAA estimates Edinburgh Airport could almost treble in size over the coming decades with land being reserved for a possible second runway. But research by environmental charity WWF has concluded that millions of passengers will be put off flying due to higher ticket...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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