In the 25th-consecutive record month for Heathrow, 6.11m passengers travelled through the airport in November, up 3.3%. This is the first time that passenger volumes in November have exceeded 6 million.
Leading the growth was flights to Africa, which saw the biggest percentage increase, up 10.2% driven by new routes to Marrakech, the Seychelles and Durban.
North America also saw strong growth of 5.8% from a significant base, because of more competitive pricing in the region.
A number of additional domestic services were announced during the month which should help future growth with Heathrow including a direct link to Newquay for the first time in the airport’s history, via Flybe, connecting the area to global tourism and trade. Meanwhile, British Airways will add a new daily service to Inverness, set to boost Scotland’s economy by up to £17million.
Record numbers of passengers are choosing to use Heathrow because we offer outstanding service and better value for our passengers. But growth must be sustainable, and our blueprint for carbon neutral growth is an important step towards our ultimate goal of zero carbon aviation.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye welcomed the results, saying,“Record numbers of passengers are choosing to use Heathrow because we offer outstanding service and better value for our passengers. But growth must be sustainable, and our blueprint for carbon neutral growth is an important step towards our ultimate goal of zero carbon aviation.”
150,000 metric tonnes of cargo, Carbon Neutral Growth Roadmap launch, and Living Wage 2020
Other highlights from a busy November for Heathrow included:
- Over 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow in November with Brazil, China and Turkey performing strongly.
- Ahead of the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement, Heathrow announced the airport would pay for EU colleagues to achieve ‘settled status’.
- Heathrow became the first UK airport to set out its plan for carbon neutral growth, outlining the role it will play on four key areas to reduce and offset carbon emissions from the growth in flights, created by an additional runway.
- In another UK first, Heathrow launched its roadmap to ensure thousands of supply chain colleagues would be guaranteed the Living Wage by 2020.
- Heathrow Logistics Hub programme kicked off the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) to determine which of the 65 sites will make the shortlist next year.