Cargo volumes at the UK’s largest port – Heathrow Airport – grew 2.1% in June, with strong growth to China which was up 11%, India up 3.3% and Turkey up 3%, making expansion at the airport critical to UK economic success, say Heathrow.
Passenger numbers were actually down 1% to 6.6 million in June 2016, part as a result of weather cancellations and recurring French industrial action.
Business and union leaders have set out post-Brexit priorities, with both the CBI and TUC declaring that Heathrow expansion must be at the top of the next Prime Minister’s to-do list.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “With cargo volumes at Heathrow growing, our next Prime Minister has a real opportunity to secure Britain’s legacy as an outward-looking trading nation. Now more than ever, a decision on Heathrow expansion must be at the top of her in-tray.
“We’ll double cargo capacity at the UK’s largest port, helping even more British exporters trade with all the growing markets of the world. And at a time of uncertainty, a £16bn privately funded infrastructure investment will create jobs and growth across the UK.”