Heathrow records busiest cargo month in history during October with over 150,000 metric tonnes
Heathrow has recorded its busiest month in history for cargo during October with over 150,000 metric tonnes of freight travelling via the UK’s hub airport, results released today show.
The result marked the 15th consecutive month of cargo growth for the UK’s busiest port by value – Heathrow – and came on the back of a strong 9.2% year-on-year surge. This is also the first time in the airport’s history that over 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo has been recorded in a single month.
During the month, Heathrow also launched its Blueprint for Sustainable Freight, outlining practical steps the airport proposes to take to address the impact and number of freight vehicles around the airport whilst continuing to increase cargo volumes.
Passenger numbers up 2.8% on the back of domestic and Middle East traffic growth
Over 6.5 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in October, making it the 12 consecutive record breaking month for the airport in terms of passenger numbers.
Significantly, the result was driven in part by strong domestic travel growth (+2%) including additional FlyBe services transporting an extra 20,000 passengers.
Traffic to the Middle East recorded the highest growth (up 11.8%) thanks to larger, fuller aircraft boosting passenger numbers for the region.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye welcomed the results, “Record passenger and cargo figures underline Heathrow’s position as a critical national asset. We remain on track to expand Heathrow in a way that is affordable, financeable and which meets all our environmental obligations, securing Britain’s place as one of the world’s great trading nations in the early years of Brexit.”
Other highlights from October include:
- The start of the second National Policy Statement consultation – a key milestone, strengthening the case for expansion
- Heathrow held its 2nd annual Scotland Business Summit, hosted in partnership with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, connecting local SMEs with Heathrow’s biggest suppliers. The events ensures benefits of expanding Heathrow stretch as far as Scotland.