Indian carriers' traffic drops despite Heathrow Airport breaking passengers' record in 2012

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 10:40 hrs

Indian carriers' traffic dropped at Britain's biggest airport Heathrow even as it had a record-breaking 2012, as it handled more than 70 million passengers and 0.9 percent more than in 2011.

The growth at the west London airport was driven by a 3.2 percent increase in north Atlantic traffic.

There were also many more flights to Brazil as well as growth on Middle East, central Asian and east Asian routes, reports.

African traffic dipped 5.7 percent and Indian traffic was down 3.4 percent last year due to airlines either reducing or ceasing services.

According to the report, European traffic rose just 0.5 percents. There were significant variances, reflecting economic conditions, with Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain seeing a collective passenger reduction of 4.5 percent over 2012.

Germany's traffic increased by 2.3 percent and France's traffic rose by 0.6 percent. Domestic traffic was up slightly, by 0.5 percent.

Brazil saw the biggest increase (up 21 percent), followed by China, which saw passenger numbers rise 5.9 percent, while Russia had a 4.5 percent increase in passenger numbers.

Planes in and out of Heathrow flew 75.6 percent full last year compared with 75.2 percent in 2011. The 2012 figure was another record. Cargo traffic for 2012 was down 1.3 percent.

The 2012 statistics were boosted by record December figures, with 5.6 million passing through the airport - 2.0 percent up on December 2011, the report added. (ANI)

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