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Heathrow traffic will grow by 6.2% in 2011

The British Airports Authority (BAA) has released figures predicting strong performance for Heathrow Airport in 2011. The organisation’s investor report indicates that traffic will grow by 6.2% at Heathrow: this will push passenger figures above 70 million for the first time. The BAA expects the growth to come from increased airline capacity following the economic downturn, and the use of larger aircraft such as the A380. Daniel Ox, the Managing Director of online holiday experts Beat The Brochure, believes this is an excellent indicator for the growth of the UK travel market in general. He states: “Heathrow is the UK’s premier airport and accounts for a large amount of the country’s flights. Growth here shows that more and more Brits are choosing to travel abroad.”

The reported also indicates that investment in Heathrow Airport will continue with plans to spend over £1 billion in 2011. The BAA expects these efforts to support the economy with thousands of new jobs. Ox believes that this investment will help Heathrow maintain its stature as a world-class airport: “The growth of investment in Heathrow is very positive and continued spending here will ensure that it becomes better and better. It is vital that the BAA continues to invest in Heathrow, especially as passenger numbers continue to rise.”

Ox states that predictions from the BAA are accurate indicators that 2011 will be a good year for travel markets. He concludes: “The BAA’s prediction of 6.2% growth is significant as it shows that airline capacity is increasing as the travel market picks up in the wake of the economic downturn. They are very well placed to observe market trends, and we can expect Heathrow Airport’s performance to be mirrored across the whole of the UK. Indeed, we are anticipating that 2011 is going to be a very strong year.”

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