Airport group BAA has said bad weather hit passenger numbers by 130,000 last month as it battled against the “worst snow for decades”.
Passenger numbers were up 1% to 7.9 million year-on-year in November, but would have been up 2.7% if not for severe weather including snow, fog and strong winds.
Traffic at Heathrow was up 4.3% in a fifth monthly record in a row, with the airport well prepared to deal with adverse weather.
But passenger numbers declined at all BAA’s other five UK airports – Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The east of Scotland was badly hit by snow, as Edinburgh lost 50,000 passengers, bringing numbers down by 3.9% and Aberdeen lost 15,000 passengers, bringing its total down 1.9%.
Traffic at Glasgow was down 0.8%, but would have been level with last year if not for the severe weather.