Heathrow welcomed a record 5.72 million passengers in November 2016 (+2.5%) alongside a 4.4% growth in cargo volumes.
Cargo growth was particularly strong to fast-growing markets in the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America (China up 10.6%, Turkey up 10.4%, Mexico up 7.3% and Brazil up 5.6%), underlining strengthening trade opportunities for Britain’s exporters.
Emerging market passenger growth was also strong, with Mexico, China and the Middle East all up 8%, with larger, quieter and more efficient aircraft continuing to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes which are up 0.7% year-to-date in 2016 as airlines deploy more and more new generation Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787s at Heathrow. Aircraft at Heathrow in 2016 to-date are 1.3% larger than in 2015.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “With record passenger volumes and strong cargo growth in November, Heathrow is delivering for Britain’s economy.
“Since the Government’s backing of a third runway, we’ve put a team in place that will help us to deliver the benefits of expansion as quickly as possible – an affordable plan that creates more jobs, boosts exporters and builds an economy that is stronger and fairer for everyone – and we are looking forward to the publication of the Government’s National Policy Statement early next year.”