Heathrow lands best January ever with 5.74m record
A record breaking 5.74 million passengers and strong cargo growth have highlighted Heathrow’s January results, released today.
Heathrow has seen growth accelerate in recent months, suggesting economic resilience as the UK adapts to Brexit. December (+4.4%) and January (+4.2%) saw the fastest year-on-year passenger growth for those months in 6 years.
The rate of growth for passengers and cargo more than doubled in the second half of 2016 over the first half of the year. Furthermore, since the referendum vote, passenger flows outside the EU (+2.3%) have been growing more than twice as fast as growth with EU markets (+0.9%).
Alongside the 5.74 million passengers, over 124,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow – the UK’s busiest port by value. This represented a 4.4% growth in cargo volume compared to January 2016.
Domestic air passenger charges cut by a third and expansion project reaches first delivery milestone
Heathrow fulfilled its pledge to families and businesses across Britain by cutting domestic charges by over a third – saving over £500m in airport charges. The discount is a key part of Heathrow’s plan to encourage growth outside London by making it cheaper to travel beyond the capital.
Airlines are already responding to the new discounted charges with Flybe launching at Heathrow with routes to Aberdeen and Edinburgh from March.
Heathrow’s expansion programme passed its first delivery milestone on schedule as the Government published its draft National Policy Statement (‘NPS’) on a third runway at the UK’s hub. A consultation on the draft NPS is now underway (read more about the Consultation here).
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “With record passenger numbers and cargo growth in January, Heathrow continues to serve the UK. We are getting on with our expansion programme, so that we can create the new routes that will deliver the Prime Minister’s vision of a global Britain, as quickly as possible.
“The launch of the Government’s National Policy Statement consultation is a key milestone and we look forward to working with our local communities, airlines and the Government to ensure Heathrow expansion is affordable, sustainable and benefits all of Britain.”
Other highlights from the month:
- British Airways’ launched their Heathrow to Santiago, Chile, route – their longest from the UK
- Heathrow and WPI combined to launched a list of the Top 10 trade prospects for UK post-Brexit
- Qantas celebrated Australia Day at Heathrow with a pop-up Aussie beach
- Virgin Atlantic and Flybe announced a new code-share arrangement, to benefit Flybe’s upcoming Heathrow/Scotland passengers