STATS: PASSENGERS UP 3% IN MARCH

March 14.

Stats are now on the WAF site. Click here to view.

March saw passengers up 3.3% with flights up 4.7%. Rolling year now stands at 1,079,559 passengers up 8.5% and flights up 5.2%. These figures are helped by the much later Easter this year but this month did see several cancelations due to the weather.

Many routes saw growth – ABZ up 15%, AMS up 5%, ALC up 100%, DUB up 4%, EDI up 4%, AGP up 105% and SSH up 15%. AMS had the most seats on offer (helped by the E190) of 14,720 followed by EDI and AGP at 10,987 and 6,641 respectively. Routes such as BHD, GLA and NCL saw decreases with -45% and -29% respectively. GLA will be due to WX taking over the route. March is the first full month of WX operations with GLA and ORY seeing average loads of 25 and 29 respectively, which is fairly encoraging. I expect to see EDI route loose passengers for the next few months (along with JER), although March did see an average load on EDI of around 56 passengers making the F50 a good choice for the route (until the route starts to grow again).

March was also the end of the majority of BE ski routes. These had loads varying around the 50% mark in March and will be interesting to see what actually returns, if any, next year. Vueling had a much better month with loads of AGP and ALC both over 75%. This should continue into the summer and lets hope it is an encouraging sign for BCN which commences back in April.

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