Strong start to the year for Heathrow

Strong start to the year for Heathrow

Heathrow Airport welcomed a total of 37.1 million passengers through its doors during the six months ended 30 June.

New Flybe services and new long-haul destinations like Portland and New Orleans helped Heathrow Airport record yet another rise in passenger numbers for the first half of the year.

The hub welcomed a grand total of 37.1 million people through its terminal during the six months ended 30 June, a 3.9% rise on the same period last year.

The new routes served by the airport have also proved a boon for exporters with cargo during the period rising by 9.1% to 0.82 million tonnes.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer of Heathrow, said: “Heathrow’s strong start to 2017 is a boon for Britain – our passengers are getting better value and service, more British trade is flying high on new trading links and our expansion plans are on track.

“The government set us the challenge to expand Britain’s hub while keeping airport charges close to current levels. Working with airlines, we are making good progress to meet this challenge whilst delivering all our local commitments and the global connections our country needs.”

The airport also put in a strong financial performance with revenue up 4.1% to £1.3m and Adjusted EBITDA up 6.9% to £835m.