Holidaymakers help Heathrow to 31st record month of growth in May

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Published 11th June 2019

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Over 6.7 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in May, the 31st month of consecutive record growth for the UK’s hub airport. The figures are up 1.4% on the same time last year, boosted by both of May’s bank holidays as holidaymakers spent the long weekends away.

Oceania stood out as the best performing region (+10.8%) as Qantas flew fuller aircraft. East Asia (+10.7%) followed closely behind, continuing to grow with new routes to China and Japan.

Domestic traffic also grew by 2.2% boosted by Flybe’s new routes to Newquay and Guernsey.

Strong cargo growth to Latin America, a Heathrow ULEZ, and new security equipment… 

Over 134,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through the UK’s largest port in May, 94% of which flew in the belly hold of passenger planes. Latin America saw the most growth (+14%) following additional services to Brazil and Mexico.

Other recent Heathrow highlights have included:

  • Heathrow announced plans for its Ultra-Low Emission Zone and wider Vehicle Access Charge, a move which aims to protect local air quality and reduce congestion as the airport prepares to expand.
  • Passengers could soon keep their liquids and laptops inside their cabin baggage when passing through security at Heathrow after the airport revealed a £50 million investment to install next-generation CT security equipment.
  • Following a successful campaign led by Heathrow, citizens from America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Japan are now allowed to use the eGates at UK airports, significantly reducing the queues at the border.
  • Heathrow expansion is set to reach its next delivery milestone on 18th June as the airport kicks-off a twelve-week consultation on its preferred masterplan for the project. The consultation is an important step in giving the public the opportunity to see in detail and comment on the airport’s latest plan.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “With more countries making use of the eGates, we’re now able to offer passengers from key trading partners a world class experience at the border, showing that Britain is open for business.”

“An expanded Heathrow will be key to strengthening these links and we are getting on with delivering our plan as quickly as possible to ensure the UK remains one of the world’s great trading nations as the country leaves the EU.”

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO

“An expanded Heathrow will be key to strengthening these links and we are getting on with delivering our plan as quickly as possible to ensure the UK remains one of the world’s great trading nations as the country leaves the EU.”

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 11th June 2019