Record year for Heathrow

Record year for Heathrow

Heathrow Airport has topped off what was already an extremely successful year after reporting record passenger figures for 2016.

Heathrow Airport saw a record 75.7 million passengers pass through its doors during 2016, a 1.0% increase on the previous year.

The airport also recorded sound financials with revenue totalling £2.8m (+1.5%) and Adjusted EBITDA of £1.6m (+4.8%) reflecting continued cost control and strong retail income growth.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer of Heathrow, said: “2016 was a milestone year for Heathrow. I am very proud of what our 76,000 colleagues have achieved. 

“We gave better service at lower cost to a record number of passengers and helped British businesses across the country trade more with the rest of the world.

“We have started the planning process for expansion and are preparing the skills and the supply chain we will need to build it sustainably and affordably. Heathrow is delivering for Britain.”

Heathrow Airport also saw its cargo volumes rise 3.0% through the year and announced new services to Jakarta, San Jose, Santiago and Inverness.

The airport will now be hoping to push ahead with its ambitious expansion plans which were given the green light by the government back in October.

The expansion is expected to create up to 77,000 additional local jobs over the next 14 years, while the airport has committed to creating 5,000 new apprenticeships over the same period.