LONDON -- BAA said cargo traffic at its seven U.K. airports rose 6.2 percent in November from a year earlier, the second successive monthly rise that ended a 14-month run of declines.
The November increase marked a significant improvement over the 1.5 percent year-to-year growth in October, the first gain since August 2008.
BAA’s freight traffic totaled 151,784 metric tons in November, taking volume for the first 11 months of the year to 1.4 million tons, 11.3 percent lower than in the corresponding period in 2008.
London Heathrow, Europe’s fourth-largest cargo hub after Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam, boosted traffic by 4.9 percent to 123,439 tons for an 11-month total of 1.6 million tons, down 10.9 percent.
London Stansted, a freighter and express hub, boosted volume by 7.3 percent to 17,745 tons, leaving January-November shipments 9.6 percent lower at 167,730 tons.
London Gatwick booked a 5.2 percent increase to 8,017 tons, the first monthly gain after a 37.2 percent slump in the first 10 months of the year. This was Gatwick’s final contribution as BAA has sold London’s second-largest airport to Global Infrastructure Partners for $2.5 billion.