78 million passengers travelled through Heathrow Airport in 2017, up 3.1% on 2016, with passenger volumes driven by larger and fuller aircraft.
Heathrow also became one of the fastest growing major European hubs for cargo, with 1.7 million tonnes travelling through the airport. The key markets for cargo were the US, East Asia, and Europe.
Heathrow say that the airport’s annual noise and contour report revealed that the noise footprint was at its smallest recorded level in 11 years with 15% fewer households affected by noise, as a result of working with airlines to encourage the use of quieter aircraft. Night time jet movements also decreased by a third (32%) in 2017.
The airport says it will be launching its first public planning consultation on its expansion plans in the coming days.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow had its best year ever in 2017 helping to strengthen the British economy as the country seeks to redefine its role in the world. Our colleagues welcomed 78 million passengers and supported the delivery of record volumes of British trade to markets around the world. We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver for Britain in 2018 as we progress our expansion plans.”