Heathrow reports busiest January

Heathrow Airport welcomed 5.8 million passengers in January, with passenger volumes up 1.1% on 2017, and with January the 15th consecutive record month.

Domestic flights were a key driver of growth, with UK flights up 6.9% in the first month of 2018, following the increased uptake of Flybe’s offering. South Asia and Latin America also saw remarkable growth, up 11.3% and 6.9% respectively.

Freight travelling through Heathrow reached record levels for the start of the year, as over 133,000 tonnes made its way through the airport in January, with export volumes growing by 10.6%. The top destinations for cargo growth were the US (1,214t), Spain (1,070t) and China (966t).

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow is off to a flying start, with record passenger numbers and cargo volumes and the start of our public consultation on the third runway. Heathrow expansion will provide the global trading routes to super-charge Britain’s economy as we leave the EU.”

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