The Airport say that , as through last year, larger, fuller aircraft continued to be a driver for passenger growth. Seats per aircraft increased 2.0% to 209.0, while load factors increased 0.2 percentage points to 70.7%. Passengers per aircraft rose 2.2% to 147.7.
Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Latin America – with Mexico increasing 17.9% and Brazil 4.7%. The Middle East & Central Asia also saw growth of 4.9% and passenger volumes to China grew 2.0%.
Cargo volumes recorded growth of 3.3% overall, including increases of 54.0% to Mexico, 28.6% to Brazil, 11.3% to India, and 11.2% to Turkey.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye used the occasion to thank the chambers of commerce and others around the UK who have given their support to expansion at Heathrow, saying: “I have been overwhelmed by the support from our local community, businesses, Chambers of Commerce and politicians all over the country, unions and airlines. Politicians can now have the confidence that expanding Heathrow is not only Best for Britain, but also Backed by Britain.”