Busiest ever month for Heathrow

heathrow freight planesHeathrow Airport has posted its busiest ever month, with growth driven by larger, fuller aircraft.

A record 7.05 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in August 2014, an increase of 1.3% on August 2013, making it Heathrow’s busiest ever month and the first time the airport has handled more than 7 million passengers in a single month.

With growth boosted by the summer months, 17th of August also saw Heathrow’s record busiest day, with 241,412 passengers passing through the terminals.

Larger, fuller aircraft continue to drive passenger numbers at Heathrow. Seats per aircraft increased 0.5% to 205.2, while load factors (a measure of how full the plans are) increased 1 percentage point to 83.7%. Passengers per aircraft rose 1.7% to 171.8.

Within emerging markets, Mexico was up 15.3%, China was up 9.3% and India was up 3.7% Cargo was up 7.5% overall, increasing 58% to Turkey, 33% to Russia, 32% to Brazil, 30% to Mexico and 16% to China.

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