A record number of passengers passed through Heathrow in November, with BRICS destinations making a growing contribution.
5.4 million passengers passed through Heathrow in November, a record for the month and up 3.1% on November 2011. Part of the percentage increase was due to the late half term, as well as disruption in November last year. Taking these and other factors in to account, the results show an underlying increase of 0.4% for the month.
North Atlantic traffic was up 2.4% in November and European scheduled traffic was up 7.1% compared with last year.
Of the BRIC economies, passenger numbers were up 6% to Brazil, 6.2% to Russia and 12.9% to China, but down 1.3% to India.
Chief Executive for Heathrow, Colin Matthews, said: “Passenger figures to the BRIC economies continue to be strong, illustrating the demand for routes to emerging markets. But there’s more demand that the UK can’t meet – because its only hub airport, Heathrow, is full. Last month we launched our first response to the Government’s Airports Commission, which is looking into this lack of capacity. It concluded there are just three options for government – do nothing, expand Heathrow or close Heathrow and open a new hub airport elsewhere.”
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