Heathrow has posted its strongest November ever, as the airport sets out its plan for “carbon neutral growth”.
In another consecutive record month, 6.11m passengers travelled through Heathrow in November, up 3.3%. This is the first time that passenger volumes in November have exceeded 6 million.
North America saw growth of 5.8% from a significant base, because of more competitive pricing in the region. While Africa saw the biggest percentage increase, up 10.2%, driven by new routes to Marrakech, the Seychelles and Durban.
Over 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow in November with Brazil, China and Turkey performing strongly.
Ahead of the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement, Heathrow announced that the airport would pay for EU nationals working for the airport to achieve ‘settled status’.
Heathrow says it is the first UK airport to set out its plan for “carbon neutral growth”, outlining the role it will play on four key areas to reduce and offset carbon emissions from the growth in flights, created by an additional runway.
In another UK first, Heathrow launched its roadmap to ensure thousands of supply chain colleagues would be guaranteed the Living Wage by 2020.
Additional domestic services were announced, with Heathrow to be directly linked to Newquay for the first time in the airport’s history, connecting the area to global tourism and trade. British Airways will add a new daily service to Inverness, set to boost Scotland’s economy by up to £17million.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Record numbers of passengers are choosing to use Heathrow because we offer outstanding service and better value for our passengers. But growth must be sustainable, and our blueprint for carbon neutral growth is an important step towards our ultimate goal of zero carbon aviation.”