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Pilot Pete
12th Jan 2002, 03:15
From the BBC;

<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_1754000/1754745.stm" target="_blank">http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/business/newsid_1754000/1754745.stm</a>

"The 11 September attacks and the global economic slowdown are still weighing on UK air travel and tourist numbers, new figures show.

The British Airports Authority said on Friday that passenger numbers at its seven UK airports were 6.4% down in December compared to one year earlier.

Transatlantic routes were particularly hard-hit, with total traveller numbers down by 13% on the year.

Separate government statistics out on Friday show that the number of overseas tourists visiting the UK during the three months to November were 2% down on year earlier levels.

Earnings shortfall

The drop in visitor numbers cut revenues from tourism to 2.6bn, 5% down on the previous three-month period.

Both sets of figures reflect the impact of the 11 September attacks and the slowing global economy.

But in a sign that the air travel slump may be bottoming out, UK passenger numbers rose to their highest level since the 11 September attacks last month.

"Much of December's improvement can be attributed to very strong Christmas holiday traffic, where in the seven days ending December 13 passenger numbers were similiar to last year," BAA said in a statement.

BAA runs a total of seven airports in the UK, including Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick in London.

The company's shares were marked 2p lower at 588p in early trade on Friday.

Birmingham slowdown

The events of 11 September were also blamed for a 5% dip in passenger numbers at Birmingham airport, the UK's fifth largest, during the final three months of 2001.

The airport said on Friday that passenger numbers were 5% down on the same period one year earlier, with the total for December alone falling by a steep 6.4%.

"2001 saw 10 years of consistent growth brought to a halt by the terrible events of September 11th," said Brian Summers, the airport's managing director.

But passenger numbers at Birmingham rose to 7.8m for the year as a whole, 2.8% up on 2000."

All in all sounds more promising for the UK industry than it did a couple of months back..........

PP

propsr4boats
12th Jan 2002, 03:19
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Pilot Pete
12th Jan 2002, 03:27
Props,

specifically;

"But in a sign that the air travel slump may be bottoming out, UK passenger numbers rose to their highest level since the 11 September attacks last month. "

"Much of December's improvement can be attributed to very strong Christmas holiday traffic, where in the seven days ending December 13 passenger numbers were similiar to last year," BAA said in a statement.

"But passenger numbers at Birmingham rose to 7.8m for the year as a whole, 2.8% up on 2000."

The other figures sound better than the 20-30% slump that some were predicting a couple of weeks post 9/11.

PP

ShotOne
12th Jan 2002, 09:24
This is probably not going to stop some companies continuing to use 9-11 as an excuse for lay-offs, pay cuts or whatever other cutbacks they feel like.

The Guvnor
12th Jan 2002, 13:48
You need to look at where the tourists are coming from. The Europeans don't spend much - the high rollers are the Yanks. Unfortunately, much of the increase in tourism is European (thanks largely to the Low Cost Airlines) and tourism flows to/from the States are well down.

The Christmas passenger figures are prompted more by the very low fares on offer which have certainly achieved their goal: get people back in the air. Unfortunately, selling 10 notes for 5 is always a fatal business decision. Unless costs can be cut significantly, we'll see a few more airlines go under between now and summer.

Let's see what January/February brings: traditionally the trough months for the tourism and airline industries. That should give a more accurate picture.