Energy Sector Boosts Passenger Numbers At HIAL Airports
19th December 2012
Passenger numbers at Scotland’s regional airports jumped by more than 10% last month, with the booming energy sector responsible for much of the growth.
Latest figures from airport operator HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 101,701 passengers in November, an increase of 10.5% on the same month last year.
Sumburgh recorded a 50.6% increase in passenger numbers, the result of a significant increase in offshore oil sector charters and refueling activity, and increased demand across all scheduled services.
Wick John O’Groats reported an increase of 28.7%, also as a result of oil sector charters, and an increase in the number of scheduled passengers travelling on the Edinburgh route.
At Kirkwall, additional flights in the winter schedule to mainland and island destinations resulted in a 16.1% increase in passenger numbers.
At Inverness, passenger numbers grew by 0.9%, with services to Amsterdam, Manchester and Birmingham enjoying the strongest growth, albeit demand was offset by cuts in the winter schedule to Luton and Gatwick.
Dundee enjoyed growth on the London City route and additional charter and business aviation traffic, resulting in a 4.9% increase in passengers. However, the withdrawal of services to Belfast and Birmingham this month is likely to dampen passenger growth in the coming months.
Additional demand for Glasgow services resulted in growth at Campbeltown, Islay and Tiree, where passenger numbers grew by 33.7%, 9.4% and 6.1% respectively. Meanwhile, Barra recorded a 22.2% increase in traffic.
At Stornoway and Benbecula, passenger numbers fell by 5.3% and 4.1% respectively.
The number of aircraft movements during the month increased by 19.7%.
In the year to date (April to November), passenger numbers across the group increased by 2.3%.
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL, said: “These are especially strong growth figures, particularly given the time of year and prevailing economic climate. The continued growth in oil related traffic is particularly good news for our airports in the North and Northern Isles.
“With increased offshore oil activity in the area planned, we are confident this growth will continue in the coming years and that we can gain a greater share of this lucrative market, due to our ability to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of the energy sector.”
The Air Discount Scheme (ADS) which provides cheaper air travel for islands and north Highland residents has been extended. The scheme month has been renewed until 31 December 2020.
Prospect air traffic controllers in the Highlands and Islands to strike on 26th April 2019 over pay. Prospect air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airport Limited will be taking strike action on the 26th of April in relation to their 2018-19 pay offer.
Prospect has confirmed arrangements for balloting air traffic controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports Limited on industrial action. The ballot will open on 11 February and close on 1 March.
Regional airport operator HIAL has handled more passengers than ever, according to latest figures for the last financial year. The airport group, which operates 11 airports across Scotland, handled 1,437,625 passengers in 2015/16, up by more than 6000 on the previous year.
Airport operator HIAL's strong run of growth in 2015 continued in the last quarter according to latest figures. In the third quarter (July to September), the group recorded an extra 12,522 passengers (up 3.1%) compared to the same period in 2014.
Island airports soar but overall numbers dip slightly at HIAL. Passenger numbers at HIAL's regional airport fell slightly in the third quarter of the year, though a number of island airports reported soaring growth.
Passenger numbers at regional airport operator HIAL climbed to their highest ever level in the latest financial year, as the group stepped up its investment for the future. The company's annual report and accounts for the year 2013/14 show that almost 70,000 extra passengers used the group's 11 airports during the year.
Passenger numbers at HIAL's regional airports grew by almost 8000 during the last quarter, with the group's island airports driving growth. Latest figures for the last quarter (April - June) show that passenger numbers at HIALâ€™s 11 airports grew by 7806, an increase of 2.2% on the same quarter last year.
* Energy sector drives huge growth at Sumburgh and Wick John Oâ€™Groats * Extra 70,000 passengers across the group * Sumburgh is Scotlandâ€™s fastest growing airport * Inverness enjoys best performance for five years * But smaller airports affected by reduced capacity Scottish regional airport operator HIAL has recorded its busiest ever year, attracting an extra 70,000 passengers over the past 12 months, according to latest figures. HIALâ€™s 11 airports handled 1,367,342 passengers in the 2013/14 financial year, an increase of 5.4% on the previous year (an additional 69,666 passengers).
Increased demand for business and tourism flights saw passenger numbers grow by more than 5,100 at HIALâ€™s regional airports last month. Latest figures show the number of passengers using the airports in February increased by 5.9% to 92,607, compared to February 2013.
[Printer Friendly Version]