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Passenger Numbers In Highland - September 2005

HIAL Reports 10% Passenger Growth in Second Quarter

Total air passenger numbers in the Highlands and Islands have increased by 9.8% in the past six months, according to figures released today by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

 HIALís 10 airports handled 612,740 passengers from 1 April to the end of September compared with 558,024 in 2004/05. Nine of the companyís 10 airports have increased their passengers in the past six months with only Islay showing a small drop of just over 100 passengers over the period.

 A total of 109,452 passengers travelled via HIALís airports during September compared to 93,011 in September 2004. The fastest growing airports in the month compared to 2004 were Inverness (24.3%), Sumburgh (31.3%) and Tiree (49.1%).

 Aircraft movements in September totalled 8,145, a 15.6% increase on 2004ís figure, while the six-month total stands at 50,226, 15.3% up on last year.

 Inglis Lyon, HIALís managing director said: ďHIALís strategy to improve air services in the region is delivering results that are benefiting both communities and the economy. Effective partnerships with the airlines have improved the overall air network by delivering new routes and enhancements to established services. We remain committed to this agenda and to working with the Scottish Executive and bodies in the region to ensure that the greatest benefits are derived from scheduled air services in the years ahead.Ē 

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited Ė Total Passenger Movements September 2005 

Airports

Monthly Total 2005/06

Monthly Total 2004/05

Monthly Total % Difference

Running Total 2005/06

Running Total 2004/05

Running Total % Difference

Annual Total 2004/05

Barra

838

877

-4.4

5,681

5,533

+2.7

9,133

Benbecula

2,938

2,778

+5.8

18,271

16,422

+11.3

31,386

Campbeltown

926

876

+5.7

5,401

5,353

+0.9

9,330

Inverness

64,521

51,917

+24.3

351,581

313,617

+12.1

564,776

Islay

2,232

2,249

-0.8

12,775

12,893

-0.9

22,145

Kirkwall

11,021

10,709

+2.9

64,220

62,765

+2.3

114,594

Stornoway

10,517

10,268

+2.4

62,452

59,096

+5.8

114,235

Sumburgh

12,881

9,808

+31.3

72,415

63,745

+13.6

116,090

Tiree

671

450

+49.1

3,851

3,050

+26.3

6,014

Wick

2,907

3,079

-5.6

16,093

15,590

+3.2

27,954

Totals

109,452

93,011

+17.7

612,740

558,024

+9.8

1,015,657

For further information see the www.hial.co.uk website.