Students surge to the UK via Heathrow touchdowns in September as summer draws to a close

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Published 11th October 2018

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Returning summer holiday-goers and students flocking to the UK for the start of a new academic year have helped Heathrow post its 23rd consecutive record month with over 6.9 million passengers travelling via the UK’s hub in September.

The best performer for passenger growth was North America, up 3.8%. As passengers flew direct from Heathrow to 37 destinations across the US and Canada, the airport celebrated the 60thanniversary of the first-ever transatlantic flight, a de Havilland Comet 4 to New York. North America was closely followed by South Asia (3.1%) and East Asia (1.9%).

Cargo volumes also grew by 1.2% compared to the same time last year, with the stand out markets being key economic powerhouses including the US, China and Brazil.

After the best summer on record, Heathrow continues to be the country’s gateway for millions of people who are vital to the economy. In September, we saw travellers return home after a well-deserved summer break and international students flock to the UK eager to receive a British education.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said,“After the best summer on record, Heathrow continues to be the country’s gateway for millions of people who are vital to the economy. In September, we saw travellers return home after a well-deserved summer break and international students flock to the UK eager to receive a British education.”

Heathrow turns to more renewables

Heathrow also announced in September its first investment in the restoration of UK peatlands; a project which aims to restore these carbon sinks after decades of neglect. This is just one of the actions that the airport is taking to hit its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020.

Heathrow Airport head of sustainability Matt Prescott, visits Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s conservation work at Little Woolden Moss, Manchester. Picture by Paul Heyes, Friday September 21, 2018.

The move will offset of 22,427 tonnes of CO2 over 30 years – equivalent to nearly 64,000 passenger journeys from Heathrow to New York.

In the same month it was also announced that Terminal 2 is now powered by entirely renewable means: 124 solar panels on its roof, an on-site biomass boiler using locally sourced forestry waste as well as renewable gas and electricity supplies.

Heathrow’s other September highlights:

Heathrow

By Heathrow

Published 11th October 2018