The busiest airport in the United Kingdom, London Heathrow Airport saw its busiest ever January with a record 5.45 million passengers travelling through the airport’s terminals, an increase of 1.3% on January 2014. Larger, fuller, quieter aircraft at Heathrow continued to be a driver for passenger growth. Seats per aircraft increased 2.0% to 209.0, while load factors increased 0.2 percentage points to 70.7%. Passengers per aircraft rose 2.2% to 147.7.
Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Latin America – with Mexico increasing 17.9% and Brazil 4.7%. The Middle East & Central Asia also saw growth of 4.9% and passenger volumes to China grew 2.0%
Heathrow continued to welcome an increasing number of the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with year-on-year volumes up 4.3%
Cargo volumes recorded growth of 3.3% overall, including increases of 54.0% to Mexico, 28.6% to Brazil, 11.3% to India, and 11.2% to Turkey
Heathrow unveiled a £700 million enhanced noise insulation offer for local residents if the Government grants planning approval for Heathrow expansion. Shaped by feedback from a local public consultation, the offer is the only privately-funded of its kind and brings Heathrow in-line with other European hub airports
Major low-cost carrier easyJet declared its support for Heathrow expansion, citing it was in the best interests of its passengers, the airline and the UK economy
The independent ‘Back Heathrow’ campaign celebrated its 80,000th supporter as it delivered its consultation response to Airports Commission in Westminster.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, "I have been overwhelmed by the support from our local community, businesses, Chambers of Commerce and politicians all over the country, unions and airlines. Politicians can now have the confidence that expanding Heathrow is not only Best for Britain, but also Backed by Britain."