Heathrow soars

Heathrow set new records in April, with cargo growing for the 21st month in a row.

6.6 million passengers travelled through the Airport in April. Combined with March’s figures, underlying passenger growth at Heathrow over the two months was 1.4%. For the first time, more than 13 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in March and April.

Passenger growth was strongest for domestic and emerging markets. South Asia (+3.6%), Africa (+3.1%) and the UK (+0.8%) were the best performers in April, largely due to airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to these destinations.

Cargo enjoyed its 21st consecutive record month, as trade growth at the UK’s largest port by value increased by 2.3%, compared to the same time last year.

The US (+4.1%), India (+7.1%) and China (+10.9%) – the three biggest economies of the 21st century – were among the fastest growing countries for cargo.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “We’re seeing more passengers and trade flow through Heathrow than ever before. A third runway is a tremendous opportunity to grab a greater share of this global growth for Britain and we’re counting on our politicians to seize it with a “yes” vote on Heathrow expansion this summer.”

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