Facts and figures
Cargo and freight is the often untold success story of an international hub airport like Heathrow! In fact, Heathrow is the UK’s busiest port by value!
- £101bn of goods travelled via Heathrow in 2014 – that’s more than the UK’s two biggest shipping ports – Felixstowe and Southampton – combined!
- 29% of the UK’s long-haul goods by value travelled via Heathrow in 2015 – by comparison 0.2% travelled via Gatwick;
- 95% of air freight travels in the belly-hold of passenger aircraft at Heathrow;
- 46,000 tonnes of fresh Scottish Salmon was exported via Heathrow in the last 12 months – that’s the equivalent weight of 230 blue whales;
- The top 5 Heathrow exports by value are: Jewellery and precious (£4.37bn/year), Machinery (£2.13bn), Medicines and pharmaceuticals (£1.24bn), Electrical machinery (£0.88bn), and Photography and Cinematographic equipment (£0.83bn)..
- The top 10 most unknown UK exports in a recent study were Diamons (91.6% of those surveyed), False eyelashes (89.2%), Television parts (83.8%), Binoculars (82.6%), Sugar (82.7%), Fuels (82.2%), Pets (81.2%), Umbrellas (79.9%), Oil (79.3%), Iron (79.1%).
Trade data is by value and is sourced: Seabury – UK Monthly Trade Database (2016); Heathrow Analysis (2016); UK Trade info available here. Gold, pearls and diamonds have been excluded from this calculation. Download the full 29% calculation, click here.