Heathrow has posted its best April on record, with the Easter getaway helping the Airport to welcome over 6 million passengers, jumping 11% on the same month in 2016, while frieght volumes also rose by 12%.
The Middle East climbed 22% on the back of more A380s and new services like Tehran, while North America rose 10% on higher load factors. New York and Dubai were Heathrow’s most popular international destinations in April, with the routes welcoming nearly 500,000 travellers. Passengers also endorsed the added choice on Scottish routes, with Flybe’s new services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh boosting domestic volumes by 19,000 in April.
Exports through Heathrow are growing – the volume of cargo flying from the airport was up 12% in April and grew 27% to Latin America and 19% to South Asia, growing at least twice as fast as volumes to Europe (+11%). North America remains Britain’s most important export market from Heathrow, recording 14% growth in cargo in April.
China’s economic powerhouse of Qingdao in Shandong – home of Confucius and Tsingtao beer – is set to be connected to Heathrow later this summer after Beijing Capital Airlines confirmed it would begin services to the city. The new route will provide nearly 4,000 tonnes of new cargo space for British exports to a fast-growing market in China.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow had a bumper April – growth in 2017 has been faster than most expected, reinforcing the need for more capacity at the nation’s hub.
“Britain’s exports outside the EU are thriving and with Heathrow expansion opening up to 40 new long-haul trading links, the scale of the opportunity across the globe is tremendous. We’re working around-the-clock to deliver Britain’s new runway and secure the country’s future as a global trading powerhouse.”