Royal Wedding pushes Heathrow to Record May Passenger Numbers
The Royal Wedding has helped passenger numbers surge at Heathrow to a May record of 6.7 million – a 3.1% increase on 2017 – results released today reveal.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, North American traffic increased by 5% as fans flocked to see the Windsor wedding.
Domestic traffic also saw an uplift around the event with passenger numbers up 5.5% thanks largely to fuller flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leeds.
22nd consecutive month of cargo growth at the UK’s busiest port
Over 144,000 metric tonnes of cargo passed through Heathrow in May, the 22nd consecutive month of record growth at the UK’s largest port by value for non-EU trade.
Japan (+28%) and Brazil (+33%) were the top performing destinations as long-haul markets continued the trend of being the fastest growing for cargo.
British exporters will also be buoyed by the arrival of over 6,000 metric tonnes of additional cargo capacity and over 110,000 new seats for passengers to China annually thanks to new direct China Southern services. The new services are to Wuhan and Sanya, with the latter the first of its kind for any airport in Europe.
Other Heathrow highights:
- Scandinavian Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines were the best performers in the latest ‘Fly Quiet and Green’ results, with the latter moving from the lowest spot on the league to second place;
- The UK Government tabled its Airports National Policy Statement on 5 June, effectively the policy framework for Heathrow expansion, with MPs set to vote on it within the next month. Read more, here.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye commented on the recent expansion announcement, “We have a robust plan to expand Britain’s hub airport, unlocking billions in growth and creating tens of thousands of new skilled jobs – from Plymouth to Perth and Swansea to Southend.”
“With strong cross-party support and a united voice from business and unions – MPs must finally seize the opportunity to expand Heathrow and secure a prosperous future for all of Britain.”