Heathrow records busiest ever year with 78 million passengers
Heathrow recorded its busiest ever year in 2017 with over 78 million passengers travelling through the airport, results released today show.
The record breaking figure marked a 3.1% increase on the year before with passenger volumes driven by larger and fuller aircraft.
This was also helped by strong passenger volumes growth in December, with over 6.3 million passengers travelling through the airport (+2.8%). In the run up to Christmas, 248,288 passengers flew through Heathrow on the 22nd, making this our busiest day of the month.
Domestic and emerging markets continued to be sources of growth, with UK travel up 6.6% and travel to Asia up 5.5% on last year.
10% increase sees Heathrow cargo volumes soar…
Heathrow also became one of the fastest growing European hubs for cargo during 2017 with a staggering 10.2% increase in volumes on 2016 seeing 1.7 million metric tonnes of goods travelling through the airport.
Over 143,000 metric tonnes travelled through Heathrow in December (+7.3%) alone, as the UK economy benefited from the end-of-year peak around the world. The USA, Japan and Hong Kong were among the fastest growing markets for cargo.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye welcomed the results, saying, “Heathrow had its best year ever in 2017 helping to strengthen the British economy as the country seeks to redefine its role in the world. Our colleagues welcomed 78 million passengers and supported the delivery of record volumes of British trade to markets around the world.”
“We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver for Britain in 2018 as we progress our expansion plans.”
Noise footprint continues while Heathrow expansion milestone reached
Heathrow’s annual noise and contour report in 2017 revealed that the airport’s noise footprint was at its smallest recorded level in 11 years with 15% fewer households affected by noise, as a result of working with airlines to encourage the use of quieter aircraft. Night time jet movements also decreased by a third (32%) in 2017.
Meanwhile Heathrow’s expansion project continue to progress with the airport launching its first public planning consultation next Wednesday (17 January).
Heathrow’s consultation will be formed of two parts – the first on infrastructure design options for an expanded Heathrow and our approach to managing and reducing environmental and community impacts, while the second will focus on the future design principles for airspace around Heathrow.