Heathrow records busiest day ever as tourists flock to the UK, supercharging economy
Heathrow has recorded its busiest ever day as tourists flocked to the UK in July, with over a quarter of a million passengers travelling through the airport on 19 different days in the month.
The 29th of July became Heathrow’s busiest ever with nearly 262,000 passengers welcomed to the airport in 24 hours. In total, over 7.8 million passengers travelled through the UK’s hub airport during the month – an increase of 3.7% on 2017 and the 21st consecutive record month for Heathrow.
The airport’s already popular North American routes saw significant growth of 8.1%, a total of 1.8 million passengers driven by larger, fuller aircraft. These figures reiterate the need to extend the use of self-service e-gates to nations such as the United States and Canada in order to ease border congestion.
Passenger numbers for Asia-Pacific also climbed by 4.2% following new services from Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines, connecting the UK to Changsha and Xi’an and Qingdao.
In the past two years Heathrow has welcomed 9 new routes to Chinese destinations.
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Cargo growth to emerging markets like China, Turkey and Brazil helped over 140,000 metric tonnes of cargo travel through Heathrow in July.
The month also saw Heathrow complete it’s nationwide tour of the 65 longlisted sites for potential logistics hubs to help build the expansion of the airport.
Heathrow’s search for innovation partners for the project also saw the completion of its first stage with over 100 expressions of interest lodged.
The airport also announced the arrival of two new retail spaces – a Louis Vuitton pop-up store in Terminal 4 and a Spuntino in Terminal 3, both are set to open in Winter 2018.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “It’s brilliant to see even more international visitors coming to the UK and supercharging the country’s economy this summer. However, too often their first impression of the UK is a long queue for immigration.”
“The Home Office should let visitors from low risk countries, such as the US, use the same e-gates as EU visitors to give them a warm welcome to Britain.”