Airports operated by the BAA have seen a significant increase in traffic in February, with 2.5% more than February of last year. In particular, London's Heathrow has seen a surge in the number of flights to Brazil. BAA is Britain's primary airport operator and the majority of it is Spanish-owned. On Monday they announced that they carried a total of 7.3 million passengers in February, a figure that was boosted slightly due to the extra day for leap year.
Of those 7.3 million, nearly 4.8 million passengers passed though Heathrow and the biggest demand was for flights to South America, particularly to Brazil. BAA's Chief Executive Colin Matthews said that BAA's airports are showing how resilient they are in this weak economy. He also said that capacity constraints might soon be a problem, making it difficult for Britain's airports to add additional flights to keep up with the demand.
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