Heathrow had a flying start to the year as it welcomed 5.8 million passengers in January and recorded its 15th consecutive record month in the process.
The UK’s only hub airport saw passenger numbers rise by 1.1% in January with domestic flights (+6.9%) a key driver of the growth thanks largely to an increased take up of Flybe flights. South Asia (+11.3%) and Latin America (+6.9%) were other markets that welcomed remarkable growth during the record-breaking month.
The UK’s busiest port by value – gets even busier…
Freight travelling through Heathrow reached record levels for the start of the year, as over 133,000 tonnes made its way through the airport in January, with export volumes growing by 10.6%.
The top destinations for cargo growth were the US (1,214t), Spain (1,070t) and China (966t).Heathrow remains the UK’s busiest port by value with over £100bn of goods travelling through the airport each year.Other highlights from the month:
- Heathrow launched one of the largest public planning consultations in the country’s history – the next milestone in the airport’s plans for expansion. The 10-week consultation offers the public the opportunity to shape the airport’s plans, enabling Heathrow to deliver the benefits of expansion while the keeping commitments made to local communities;
- As the Prime Minister set off for a trade mission to China in January, research carried out by New Frontier Economics revealed that direct flights from Heathrow to China contribute £510 million per year in GDP to the UK economy and create 14,550 jobs. An additional flight a week on each existing connection, facilitated through Heathrow’s expansion, could generate an additional £16m to GDP;
- Flybe took the top spot in the latest ‘Fly Quiet and Green league table’ which ranks airlines at Heathrow based on their noise and emissions performance. The regional airline worked with Heathrow to increase its use of Continuous Decent Approaches into the airport, reducing aircraft noise for local communities.