Heathrow Airport has gotten off to a flying start in 2017 after it welcomed a record 5.27 million passengers through its doors and saw cargo volumes soar in February.
The airport saw passenger numbers increase by 5.5% on the same period last year as more new services continued to help the airport increase its share of the market.
Alongside rising passenger numbers, the airport also witnessed surging cargo volumes with 127,000 metric tonnes travelling through the UK’s largest port in just 28 days.
This was driven by increased trade between the UK and emerging markets with volumes up to Brazil (+10%), India (+5%) and China (+4.2%).
The airport also recorded healthy growth in terms of cargo to North America (+7%) and the Middle East (+8%).
John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, said: “Heathrow is off to a flying start in 2017 – we’re delivering the best service of any major airport in Europe to record numbers of passengers and boosting British exports with record cargo volumes.
“Our new sustainability leadership strategy will make Heathrow a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation and planning for expansion is firmly underway with SMEs across Britain lining up to help us deliver it.”
The news comes on the back of what was a stellar year for Heathrow after the UK Government finally gave the green light to the airport’s plans to construct a third runway.