In September, aircraft movements grew by 11.7% over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor also increased by a significant 2.5% to reach 75% - up from the 72.5% registered in September 2009. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) was 9.3% higher than that registered in September last year, whilst cargo and mail was 20% lower than that recorded during the same month in 2009.
The French, Spanish and Italian markets grew significantly in September, by 43.8%, 34.8% and 32.6% respectively, whereas Germany recorded a more modest increase of 5.9%. The U.K. was the only core market that registered a decline during September - passenger movements were 1.9% less than last year.
The results for the first nine months of the year, in terms of passenger movements, therefore show an increase of 12.4% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 2,584,305 passenger movements. The strong increase of 9.6% in seat capacity was the main driver of this result, whilst the average seat load factor improved by 1.7% reaching 71.4% for the period January to September 2010.