Heathrow Airport handled a record number of passengers in January, with load factors – a measure of how full planes are – also at a high.
5.18 million passengers passed through Heathrow in January, a record for the month and up 0.3% on January 2012. This growth was achieved despite a period of disruption from low visibility and snow.
Heathrow’s load factors – showing how full the average flight was – also set a record for January at 70.0% (up 2.1 percentage points on January 2012).
UK domestic traffic was down 5.8%, but European traffic was up 1.8%. North American traffic was up 2.2% and Middle Eastern traffic rose 3.3%. Of the BRIC economies, passenger numbers were up 14.1% to China and 7.1% to India, but down 4.1% to Brazil and 2.7% to Russia.
Cargo was down 5.3% on January 2012.