Scotland

Drop in Scots airport passengers

Two of Scotland's biggest airports recorded drops in passenger numbers last month.

Glasgow Airport said it handled 789,000 passengers in July - 3.6% fewer than during the same month last year.

Passenger numbers at Aberdeen Airport also fell by by 4.1% to 270,000, operator BAA said.

There was better news for Scotland's busiest airport, Edinburgh, which saw its numbers increase slightly by 0.6% to 961,000.

The Scottish figures were in contrast to those for Heathrow Airport, which had its busiest ever month in July 2010, with a total of 6.7 million passengers passing through the west London airport.

But the other two airports run by BAA - Stansted and Southampton - also reported drops of 7.2% and 1.4% respectively.

Overall, BAA's six airports handled nearly 58.5 million passengers in the first seven months of this year - a 4.5% drop on the January-July 2009 total.

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