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|Air Traffic Takes Off
- Passenger numbers on the rise following post-September 11 collapse
AIRLINE passengers are finally shaking off the after-effects of September 11 and returning to the skies, according to Britain's leading airport group, the British Airports Authority.
Newly released figures reveal that there was a 0.3 per cent increase in air traffic in February at BAA's eight airports compared to the same month last year, the first such increase since September 11.
Most of the resurgence in air travel has come in the form of short haul flights, with the low cost airlines growing at a fast rate. In contrast, long-haul flights are still in some trouble - North Atlantic flights showed a 7.7 per cent decrease from February 2001 to February 2002. Even so, that figure represents a gain on previous months when the drop in traffic went over 30 per cent at one point.