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Scottish BAA airports outperform UK

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Image caption The Scottish airports recorded a bigger rise in passenger numbers than in the UK as a whole

Scotland's three main airports outperformed the UK last month, according to operator BAA.

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen reported a 4.4% increase in passenger numbers in August, compared with a 0.2% rise for BAA's UK airports as a whole.

Edinburgh was the busiest Scottish airport last month, recording a 3% rise to reach almost one million travellers.

However, Glasgow and Aberdeen reported bigger percentage increases, with rises of 5.5% and 6.7% respectively.

Heathrow was the UK's most popular airport, with its busiest August on record.

More than six-and-a-half million travellers passed through its various terminals.

Glasgow Airport recorded an increase for the eighth consecutive month in a row with nearly 700,000 travellers.

More than 250,000 passengers passed through Aberdeen airport.

The amount of cargo passing through the UK airports fell by 4.1%, with every BAA airport apart from Stansted recording a drop.

Cargo volumes at Glasgow airport fell by more than 50%.

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