Airport operator BAA has released figures covering passenger traffic in June, showing an increase in the popularity of long-haul flights.
This trend was particularly evident at Heathrow Airport, which accounts for 46 per cent of all air traffic through BAA gateways.
North Atlantic routes from the London hub saw a year-on-year increase of 10.7 per cent in passenger numbers, compared to a 2.7 per cent fall on domestic services and a 6.4 per cent reduction on European flights.
At Gatwick Airport, the European scheduled (10.8 per cent) and Irish (30.5 per cent) sectors both saw more traffic, while the North Atlantic network saw numbers fall as many services switched to Heathrow for the Open Skies scheme.
The Irish market (2.6 per cent) was the only segment to see growth from Stansted Airport.
For the year to date, BAA’s UK airports have handled a total of 70.4 million passengers, 13.5 million of whom travelled in June.