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UK air passenger numbers highest since March 2008

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A new Heathrow terminal is expected to open in 2014

UK air passenger numbers have seen their first monthly increase since March 2008, according to BAA.

The figures show that a total of 9.9 million people used BAA airports in November, which is 0.8% higher than in the same month last year.

However, passenger numbers at both Glasgow and Aberdeen airports were down over 4% on the year.

BAA also operates London Heathrow, Stansted, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Southampton airports.

Gatwick marked its last full month under BAA ownership with a 4.5% increase to 2.1 million people.

It has been bought by US-based Global Infrastructure Partners, which owns London City Airport, for just over £1.5bn.

Traffic at Heathrow airport increased by 1.1% to 5 million people in November.

In a statement BAA said the figures show that consumer confidence in air travel is growing.

"Global market conditions remain challenging, but these figures are encouraging," said BAA chief executive Colin Matthews.

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