Summer getaways send Heathrow soaring to best month in history
Heathrow recorded its best-ever single month in its history in July with over 7.53 million passengers travelling through the UK’s hub airport during the summer getaway period.
Breaking all previous monthly records, the 7.53 million passengers in July was a 1.2% increase on 2016 and equated to an average of 243,000 passengers, or the equivalent of the population of Plymouth, every day.
Complementing this passenger growth, was a record breaking 15% increase in trade through Heathrow with 143,000 tonnes of cargo travelling through the airport in July.
American Airlines boosted cargo volumes by a huge 44% driving growth in trade with North America (+16%) while East Asia saw a 14% uplift on the back of strong growth to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Middle Eastern passenger loads increase and domestic routes record 5% growth
Middle Eastern destinations were particularly popular for travellers as fuller aircraft led to a seven per cent increase in passengers to the region, while more flights to Brazil pushed up passenger numbers to Latin America by three per cent.
UK destinations saw five percent passenger growth on the back of recently launched Flybe flights to Scotland.
This summer also saw Heathrow introduce new travelling friend ‘Little Miss Explorer’ to its tiniest travellers. Alongside Mr Adventure, the travelling duo launched a new augmented reality app to entertain children travelling with an interactive treasure hunt across the airport
Meanwhile, Heathrow continues to work closely with airlines and has made good progress towards meeting the Government’s challenge to deliver expansion with charges close to current levels, while delivering all local commitments and the global connections Britain needs.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “Britain’s global gateway is hard at work this summer holiday season – July was the best month in Heathrow’s history. With more passengers than ever and trade growing at the fastest rate ever recorded, Heathrow is helping Britain show the world our country is open for business.”