PASSENGER BOOST FOR REGIONAL AIRPORTS
19th February 2013
Scotland’s regional airport operator got off to a strong start to 2013, with a significant rise in passenger numbers in January.
Latest figures from airport group HIAL show that its 11 airports handled 84,981 passengers last month, an increase of 9.1% on January 2012. Much of the growth came from HIAL’s most northerly airports.
Sumburgh and Wick John O’Groats were the fastest growing airports, with passenger numbers up by 7,304 and 2,003 respectively as a result of growth in energy related fixed wing and helicopter traffic. At Kirkwall, passenger numbers grew by 1,498 as a result of increased demand for services to Sumburgh and the mainland.
Barra, Benbecula and Stornoway airports also recorded an increase in passenger numbers.
However, passenger numbers fell at Inverness, Campbeltown, Dundee, Islay and Tiree, largely as a result of schedule changes and fewer aircraft movements.
In the year to date (April 2012-January 2013), passenger numbers across the group increased by 3%, with Sumburgh, Wick John O’Groats and Barra the fastest growing, with growth of 18%, 12% and 11.2% respectively.
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said: “These figures represent a good start to 2013, not least in our most northerly airports where increased energy activity is fuelling a significant increase in business traffic and helicopter movements.
“Elsewhere in the group, growth was more modest, partly a reflection of winter schedule changes. Nevertheless, the overall trend shows that growth is continuing, which is obviously encouraging given the still fragile nature of the economy.”
January passenger totals
• BARRA 574 (+2.1%)
• BENBECULA 2,456 (+0.1%)
• CAMPBELTOWN 656 (-19.1%)
• DUNDEE 2,186 (-47.4%)
• INVERNESS 35,213 (-3.2%)
• ISLAY 1,465 (-19.9%)
• KIRKWALL 10,965 (+15.8%)
• STORNOWAY 8,909 (+0.3%)
• SUMBURGH 17,860 (+69.2%)
• TIREE 573 (-13.2%)
• WICK JOHN O’GROATS 4,124 (+94.4%)
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.
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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).
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