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Sunday, April 5, 1998 Published at 21:06 GMT 22:06 UK


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image: [ Airports are doing well as more people fly ]
Airports are doing well as more people fly

Britain's small airports are growing faster than the better-known big airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick, according to figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The UK's fastest growing airport proved to be Bournemouth International, which handled 265,000 passengers last year, a 63.6% increase on its 1996 passenger numbers.

"We are, of course, delighted to know that we are the UK's star performer," said Bournemouth's Managing Director Doug Wilson.

"Our figures are even more impressive when you realise that the average growth rate for all airports in the UK was just 8%."

London City Airport, which handled 1,161,000 passengers last year, had an increase of 59.8% on its 1996 passenger numbers.

Southend, with just 9,000 passengers last year, and Kent International at Marston with just 3,000, both enjoyed 50% increases over 1996.

Luton Airport attracted more than 3 million passengers last year, a growth of 33% since 1996,

Top 10 growth rates at UK airports in 1997

  • Bournemouth
    265,000 passengers
    63.6% growth

  • London City
    1,161,000 passengers
    59.9% growth

  • Southend 9,000 passengers
    50% growth

  • Kent International
    3,000 passengers
    50% growth

  • Luton
    3,221,000 passengers
    33.6% growth

  • Inverness
    379,000 passengers
    33% growth

  • Scatsa in Braer, Shetland
    102,000 passengers
    29.1% growth

  • Campbeltown, Strathclyde
    9,000 passengers
    28.6% growth

  • Teesside
    57,000 passengers
    25.5% growth

  • Dundee
    16,000 passengers
    23% growth


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