Heathrow flies to the busiest first half ever in 2018
Strong passenger satisfaction scores pushed up demand to fly from the UK’s hub to an all-time high of 38.1 million passengers (+2.5%), with growth across all markets, results released today reveal.
- Four new connections to China in 2018 helped trade through Heathrow grow 2.2% to 841,449 tonnes of cargo
- £6 million has been invested in electric vehicle charging points – making Heathrow the densest charging network in Europe
- £354 million has been invested into Heathrow so fat in 2018 to improve the passenger experience
- 50,000 litres more orange juice guzzled in 2018 compared to 2017… that’s 625 baths filled with juice!
Summer getaway pushes sales higher which deliver healthy financial growth
As the summer getaway gets into full-swing, passengers are spending more in Heathrow’s shops, pushing retail growth 4.8% higher. Sunglasses have proved particularly popular, with over 700 pairs sold each day so far this year.
Strong retail spend and continued passenger growth pushed revenues up 2.3% to £1,405 million.
Heathrow continue to invest responsibly in improving the passenger experience, with operating costs increasing slightly after investments to boost resilience, security and service. Heathrow is proud to have been given a “Good” accessibility rating by the CAA.
Strong appetite to invest in Heathrow
Nearly £1 billion in global financing raised in 2018 to invest in the UK’s hub airport, demonstrating Heathrow’s attractiveness to private investors.
In more positive news for the airport, expansion plans continue to take off with a majority of 296 MPs voting in favour of the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement.
Heathrow is now reviewing over 100 fresh ideas from UK businesses and entrepreneurs to help deliver the project more innovatively and sustainably. This is in addition to finalising visits to 65 UK sites bidding to help build the project through large-scale offsite manufacturing.
Heathrow goes electric
After a nearly £6 million investment, Heathrow has installed over 116 electric vehicle charging points – with another 11 planned for the second half of 2018, boosting sustainable transport options.
“2018 will be a year for the record books – England’s footballers have made the nation proud, we’ve had the best summer sunshine in years and Parliament voted overwhelmingly to expand Heathrow.” – John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO
“We’re proud to be the front door of a nation flying high, and we’ll continue delivering a great passenger service and the global trading links that will keep the UK thriving for decades to come.”