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Heathrow has its busiest day

Posted 10 August 2018 · Add Comment

On 29th July 2018, Heathrow experienced the busiest day in its history, as the airport welcomed nearly 262,000 passengers in 24 hours.



Overall, July reached unprecedented peaks, with over a quarter of a million passengers travelling through the airport on 19 different days in the month

Over 7.8 million passengers travelled through the airport on the 21st consecutive record month, with figures up by 3.7%

The airport’s already popular North American routes saw significant growth of 8.1%, a total of 1.8 million passengers driven by larger, fuller aircraft. Figures reiterate the need to extend the use of self-service eGates to nations such as the United States and Canada.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “It’s brilliant to see even more international visitors coming to the UK and supercharging the country’s economy this summer. However, too often their first impression of the UK is a long queue for immigration. The Home Office should let visitors from low risk countries, such as the US, use the same eGates as EU visitors to give them a warm welcome to Britain.”

Passenger numbers for Asia-Pacific climbed by 4.2% following the introduction of new services from Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines, connecting the UK to Changsha and Xi'an and Qingdao. In the past two years Heathrow has welcomed nine new routes to Chinese destinations

The amount of cargo travelling through the airport reached 140,000 metric tonnes in July, with the emerging markets - China, Turkey and Brazil - seeing the fastest cargo growth across the month.

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