Infratil Airports posts solid growth in January traffic – 15/02/07

NEW ZEALAND. Infratil Airport has released January traffic figures for Wellington Airport and its European airports.

International passengers grew by +4.7% in January 2007, reflecting some growth in November and December. While growth in recent months is encouraging, said the company, it represents only a partial recovery on falls in the previous year (international passengers fell by -10% in November 2005, -12% in December 2005 and -12% in January 2006).

In Europe, Glasgow Prestwick handled a total of 146,586 passengers in January 2007 against 145,492 in 2006. The modest increase is consistent with the recent plateau and slight reduction in Ryanair services which has been offset by new Wizz and Transavia services.

“This is a difficult time of the year, with winter weather, post Christmas bills and increased interest rates all impacting underlying demand,” said Infratil.

Luebeck Airport handled 37,050 passengers in January, down -24% from December although a +10% increase on the prior year total. The year on year improvement reflects the introduction of the Dublin and Gdansk routes during the year. As with Glasgow Prestwick, January is a traditionally quiet month for the Airport following the busy run up to Christmas.

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