Virgin at Heathrow

A cargo container is loaded into the hold of a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 while it awaits its passengers at Heathrow Airport

Busiest month on record for Heathrow Cargo

The UK’s hub airport saw cargo volumes hit a record high as over 150,000 metric tonnes passed through the terminal.

October proved to be another landmark month for Heathrow Airport as cargo volume levels reached record levels.

Cargo volume was up 9.2% compared to the same time last year and it was the first time ever that over 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo had travelled through the UK’s largest port.

The airport also recorded an increase in passenger numbers, as the UK’s hub airport welcomed over 6.5 million passengers in October (up 2.8% on last year).

In terms of passenger numbers, the Middle East experienced the highest growth (up 11.8%), as larger, fuller aircraft boosted passenger numbers for the region.

Additional FlyBe services also led to an uptick in domestic travel (up 2%), with the regional airline transporting an extra 20,000 passengers.

Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Record passenger and cargo figures underline Heathrow’s position as a critical national asset. 

“We remain on track to expand Heathrow in a way that is affordable, financeable and which meets all our environmental obligations, securing Britain’s place as one of the world’s great trading nations in the early years of Brexit.”