Heathrow records 21st consecutive month of cargo growth
Heathrow has enjoyed its 21st consecutive month of cargo growth in April with over 141,215 metric tonnes of goods travelling through the UK’s hub airport, an increase of 2.3% on April 2017.
The record-breaking cargo month was driven largely by growth in the three biggest economies of the 21st century – The US (+4.1%), India (+7.1%), and China (+10.9%).
6.6 million passengers also travelled through the UK’s only hub airport in April. Combined with March’s figures, underlying passenger growth at Heathrow over the two months was 1.4%. For the first time, more than 13 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in March and April
Passenger growth was strongest for domestic and emerging markets. South Asia (+3.6%), Africa (+3.1%) and the UK (+0.8%) were the best performers in April, largely due to airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to these destinations.
“We’re seeing more passengers and trade flow through Heathrow than ever before. A third runway is a tremendous opportunity to grab a greater share of this global growth for Britain and we’re counting on our politicians to seize it with a “yes” vote on Heathrow expansion this summer.” – John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said,“We’re seeing more passengers and trade flow through Heathrow than ever before. A third runway is a tremendous opportunity to grab a greater share of this global growth for Britain and we’re counting on our politicians to seize it with a “yes” vote on Heathrow expansion this summer.”
Other highlights from April:
• Heathrow launched a pitch process to encourage potential commercial development partners to share their innovative ideas on how to deliver expansion affordably, sustainably and financeably. Find out more, via our expansion website, here.
• Heathrow is aiming to lead the aviation industry in cutting single-use plastics, the first step of which is Heathrow’s plan to recycle up to 13.5 million of the single-use coffee cups used at the airport annually. Read the announcement, here.