Heathrow grows passengers, load factors

aeromexico heathrowHeathrow has just posted its busiest ever September, with 6.58 million passengers passing through the airport in the month in bigger, fuller aircraft.

This was an increase of 0.3% on September 2013. The airport say passenger growth was due to the growth in larger, fuller aircraft – which are also quieter. Seats per aircraft increased 0.4% to 204.8, while load factors increased 1.1 percentage points to 81%. Passengers per aircraft rose 1.5% to 165.9.

Within emerging markets, passenger volumes increased 17.6% to Mexico, 14.9% to China and 10.3% to Brazil.

Cargo was up 7.8% overall, increasing 57.2% to Mexico, 52.2% to Nigeria, 37.1% to Russia, 25.6% to China and 20.8% to India.

Two independent polls underlined growing support for Heathrow’s expansion amongst MPs and local residents. A majority of MPs now support an additional runway at Heathrow, with 91% of those who support also believing it will secure parliamentary approval. Local residents are also more in favour of expansion at Heathrow, with 49% supporting an additional runway and 32% opposing.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “September saw growing support from MPs and local residents for expansion at Heathrow as the best solution to the UK’s hub capacity crisis. Heathrow handles a quarter of all British exports by value, but is full. More and more people are asking “how can we double Britain’s exports if we don’t expand Heathrow?.”

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