Heathrow Airport

Heathrow flies high

July proved to be the airport’s best ever month as both passenger numbers and trade hit record levels.

Heathrow recorded its best-ever single month in its history in July as the summer getaway sent passenger numbers soaring to record highs.

Smashing all previous monthly records, Heathrow welcomed 7.53 million passengers in July (+1.2% on last July) – averaging 243,000 passengers or the equivalent of the population of Plymouth every day.

Trade through Heathrow also climbed at the fastest rate ever recorded at the UK’s largest port – up 15% to 143,000 tonnes in July.

American Airlines in particular boosted cargo volumes by a huge 44% driving growth in trade with North America (+16%) while East Asia saw a 14% uplift on the back of strong growth to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Middle Eastern destinations also proved popular for travellers as fuller aircraft led to a 7% increase in passengers to the region, while more flights to Brazil pushed up passenger numbers to Latin America by 3%.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Britain’s global gateway is hard at work this summer holiday season – July was the best month in Heathrow’s history.

“With more passengers than ever and trade growing at the fastest rate ever recorded, Heathrow is helping Britain show the world our country is open for business.”

An increase in the number of ‘staycations’ also saw domestic travellers to UK destinations increase by 5%, boosted by the recently launched Flybe flights to Scotland.