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BAA blames Olympic effect for fall in passenger numbers

Members of the Russian gymnastics team arriving at Heathrow ahead of the Olympics
Image caption The number of passengers passing through Heathrow last month fell to 6.5 million

Airports operator BAA has blamed the "Olympic effect" for a 2% fall in traveller numbers last month.

BAA said UK passengers had decided to stay at home and watch the games, while potential non-Olympic visitors from overseas had chosen not to travel.

Passenger numbers at London Heathrow fell 1.9% to 6.5 million last month, while those at Stansted dropped 5.2%.

However, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports both saw traffic rise, up 9.1% and 3.1% respectively.

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