A thumping Easter getaway helped Heathrow secure its best April on record. The airport welcomed over 6 million passengers, jumping 11% on the same month in 2016, while cargo soared 12%.
The record passenger numbers were highlighted by 22% growth to The Middle East, thanks to more A380s and new services like Tehran, while North American traffic rose 10% on higher load factors.
New York and Dubai were Heathrow’s most popular international destinations during the month as a result, with the routes welcoming nearly 500,000 travellers!
Domestic passenger volumes also rose by 19,000 during the month, thanks largely to the added choice on Scottish routes provided by Flybe’s new services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
British export volumes soar by 12%
The volume of cargo flying from the airport was up an impressive 12% in April, on the back of 27% growth to Latin America and 19% to South Asia – growing at least twice as fast as volumes to Europe (+11%). North America still remains Britain’s most important export market from Heathrow though, recording healthy 14% growth in cargo in April.
China’s economic powerhouse of Qingdao in Shandong – home of Confucius and Tsingtao beer – is set to be connected to Heathrow later this summer after Beijing Capital Airlines confirmed it would begin services to the city. The new route will provide nearly 4,000 tonnes of new cargo space for British exports to a fast-growing market in China.
Communities across Britain are putting forward their ideas to host one of Heathrow’s four new logistics hubs. These hubs will play a vital role in making Heathrow’s expansion programme more affordable and environmentally sustainable, as well as creating jobs across the country as the airport looks to increase off-site construction.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “Heathrow had a bumper April – growth in 2017 has been faster than most expected, reinforcing the need for more capacity at the nation’s hub.”
Britain’s exports outside the EU are thriving and with Heathrow expansion opening up to 40 new long-haul trading links, the scale of the opportunity across the globe is tremendous. We’re working around-the-clock to deliver Britain’s new runway and secure the country’s future as a global trading powerhouse.
– Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye