2012 Olympics Was Good News For London Airports: Says Survey

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12th November 2013 11:30 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Figures released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has revealed that more than 800,000 passengers used London’s airports for journeys relating to the Olympic Games. However, despite the numbers travelling for Olympic related journeys, the overall passenger figures in the summer of 2012 fell compared to the same period in 2011.

The study reveals that more than half (54%) of the 800,000 journeys were to London Heathrow with Gatwick Airport accounting for eighteen per cent of the journeys. The majority (71%) were cited as leisure trips with passengers heading to the Olympic Games, business trips accounted for twenty nice per cent, which also included many of the 10,000 athletes who took part in London 2012.

Findings suggest that three fifths (59%) of passengers at Heathrow were foreign residents while Exeter had the lowest with 9%. London City airport was discovered to have the highest number of business travellers with more than half (54%) using it for that reason. East Midlands was revealed as the airport with the highest usage for leisure travel with 91%.

Commenting on the findings, Iain Osborne from the CAA, said:

Last year’s Olympics put London and the UK in the spotlight and today’s survey results show the impact the Games had on passenger numbers at our airports.”

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