Six million passengers in April supports runway case
Almost 200,000 people a day used Heathrow last month to make it the most successful April in its history – and providing yet more support for the third runway.
More than six million passengers was 11% up on the same month in 2016, with highlights including Middle East services up 22% on the back of more A380s and new services like Tehran, and North America up 10%.
Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said: "Growth in 2017 has been faster than most expected, reinforcing the need for more capacity at the nation’s hub. Britain’s exports outside the EU are thriving and with Heathrow expansion opening up to 40 new long-haul trading links, the scale of the opportunity across the globe is tremendous. We’re working around-the-clock to deliver Britain’s new runway and secure the country’s future as a global trading powerhouse.”
New York and Dubai were Heathrow’s most popular international destinations in April, with the routes welcoming nearly 500,000 travellers. Passengers also endorsed the added choice on Scottish routes, with Flybe’s new services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh boosting domestic volumes by 19,000 in April
British exports through Heathrow are growing – the volume of cargo flying from the airport was up an impressive 12% in April and grew 27% to Latin America and 19% to South Asia, growing at least twice as fast as volumes to Europe (+11%). North America remains Britain’s most important export market from Heathrow, recording healthy 14% growth in cargo in April.
And China’s economic powerhouse of Qingdao in Shandong – home of Confucius and Tsingtao beer – is set to be connected to Heathrow later this summer after Beijing Capital Airlines confirmed it would begin services to the city. The new route will provide nearly 4,000 tonnes of new cargo space for British exports.
Communities across Britain are also putting forward their ideas to host one of Heathrow’s four new logistics hubs. These hubs will play a vital role in making Heathrow’s expansion programme more affordable and environmentally sustainable, as well as creating jobs across the country as the airport looks to increase off-site construction.