By Max Clarke

The Royal Wedding and Easter double bank holiday weekends saw Heathrow and Edinburgh airports enjoy their busiest ever months.

5.9 passengers travelled through Heathrow in May, bringing the rolling yearly total to a record 68 million.

Traffic across BAA’s six airports jumped 9.2%. The 500 flights cancelled by Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption led to ‘a marginal decrease in traffic’, compared to the 100,000 flights disrupted after the Eeyjafjallajokull disruption last year.

The record numbers of flights, suggests BAA’s Chief Executive, Colin Matthews, are indicative not just of the UK aviation industry’s return to health, but also of the wider global economic recovery.

Traffic to and from Brazil jumped 82% in a year, while flights to Russia and China increased by 19 and 9.5% respectively.

“Demand is particularly strong on the long-haul routes that connect UK businesses to fast-growing economies around the world,” said Matthews.