Simple Flying - James Pearson

These were the 10 most and least recovered airports.

According to data just released from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the country's airports welcomed 19.84 million passengers in March. Traffic was +42.0% versus the coronavirus-hit March last yea, but -12.1% versus the same month in 2019.

Some airports far outperformed the -12.1% of the country as a whole. Examining CAA data for the 32 airports with 10,000+ March passengers (down from 36 in 2019) shows that just four exceeded their pre-pandemic traffic.

Airport

Mar 2023 passengers vs. 2019

March 2023 passengers

Bournemouth

+12.0%

44,161

Teesside

+11.1%

12,944

Sumburgh

+9.8%

20,277

Bristol

+4.2%

648,477

Prestwick

-1.0%

25,280

Leeds Bradford

-4.3%

235,958

London Heathrow

-4.5%

6,234,096

London Stansted

-6.5%

1,969,449

Manchester

-7.3%

1.914,129

London Luton

-7.9%

1.245,137

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