A record 6.77 million passengers travelled through Heathrow on 40,292 flights in September 2015, making it the busiest September on record for passenger volumes, 2.9% up on 2014.
Larger, quieter aircraft continued to be a driver for passenger growth – seats per aircraft increased 2.0% to 208.9 while passengers per aircraft rose 1.2% to 167.9. Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Mexico which was up 16.5%, China up 11.9% and to the Middle East which was up 7.2% as carriers continue to benefit from new A380s.
Cargo volumes at Heathrow, the UK’s biggest port by value, grew 1.4% over the past 12 months, with increases to notable emerging markets including 36% to Mexico, 25% to Turkey, 13% to Brazil and 5% to India
Meanwhile, the Airport says expansion would “supercharge the Government’s plans for the Northern Powerhouse”. They point to new analysis of Airports Commission data showing 95,000 new jobs would be created in the manufacturing sector – 85% of which would be created outside of London and the South East.
They also hit out over air quality, producing new analysis of data from air quality monitors run by the Government and local councils showing road vehicles, not emissions from airport operations, are the biggest contributor to air pollution in London. THey also say that new analysis by DEFRA has confirmed that the M4 near Heathrow will meet EU air quality standards by 2020 as a result of actions taken by the Airport and others.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “With Heathrow expansion, we have a once in a generation opportunity to create 180,000 jobs and provide future generations with the sustainable infrastructure they’ll need to keep Britain at the heart of the global economy. The Chancellor called for Britain to build the new roads, railways and runways it needs to prosper. Heathrow is ready to build – let’s make it happen.”