Record breaking January for Heathrow


Heathrow Airport, UK, had its busiest ever January at the beginning of this year. The airport has reported that it welcomed 5.8 million passengers through its doors in January, marking the 15th consecutive month that the airport has broken its own record.

Domestic flights were the key driver of growth, asserted Heathrow, with 6.9 per cent more passengers on flights around the UK. Flights to South Asia and Latin America also saw a growth in passengers, with 11.3 per cent and 6.9 per cent growth respectively.

Heathrow has been looking to expand further and launched a 10-week public consultation period in which it promises to listen to the publics input on possible airport plans, allowing it to keep commitments it has made to local communities.

As well as increased passenger numbers, Heathrow also enjoyed record freight levels for January, with export volumes growing by 10.6 per cent. Over 133,000 tonnes of cargo came through the hotel in January, with goods from the US (1,214 t), Spain (1,070 t) and China (966 t) bringing the most cargo through the airport.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow is off to a flying start, with record passenger numbers and cargo volumes and the start of our public consultation on the third runway. The Heathrow expansion will provide the global trading routes to super-charge Britain’s economy as we leave the EU.”