Trade surges at Heathrow

Trade surges at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport is celebrating a strong start to the year after a record number of passengers passed through its doors last month.

Britain's busiest port welcomed 5.5 million passengers in January, marking Heathrow Airport’s best ever start to a year (a 1% increase on January last year).

The passenger growth was boosted by increasing demand from emerging markets, including to Mexico which was up 21%, China 16%, Turkey 5.3% and the Middle East which was up 4%.

January cargo volumes were also on the rise as the port saw numbers surge 2.9% - notably to Mexico and China which were both up 28% and Turkey up 16%.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “With record passenger numbers and strong cargo volumes – it’s been a great start to 2016 for the nation’s largest port, Heathrow. 

"With expansion, we’ll open up 40 new trading links which will carry more British exports to the fastest growing markets in the world."

Heathrow Airport is eagerly anticipating the government's decision on where to build a new runway in the south east which would see increased capacity at either Heathrow or Gatwick.