Emerging markets drive traffic at London Heathrow Airport

By Charlotte Turner |

UK hub airport, London Heathrow Airport served 6.6 million passengers in June 2014, an increase of just 1.1% on June 2013, but nevertheless a record for the month.


Seats per aircraft increased 0.4% to 203.5, whilst load factors decreased 0.2 percentage points to 80.8%. Passengers per aircraft rose 0.2% to 164.5.


Within the emerging markets, Turkey was up 7.5%, Mexico was up 6.2%, and China increased 5.7%.


June also saw the successful opening of Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, almost 60 years after the original Terminal 2 opened as the airport’s first passenger terminal in 1955.


Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye.


As previously reported, the Queen officially opened London Heathrow’s new £2.5bn ($4.26bn) Terminal 2 together with the Duke of Edinburgh, almost 60 years after she opened the original Terminal 2: The Queen’s Building in 1955.


T2 opened to traffic on 4 June and is the culmination of an £11bn private sector investment that has included the construction of Terminal 2A and B, Terminal 5 A, B and C, a new control tower, and the refurbishment of Terminals 3 and 4.


Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “The increase in both cargo and passenger volumes to emerging markets, demonstrates the strategic value of Heathrow in connecting Britain’s exporters with global growth. In June we successfully opened the new Terminal 2, the latest phase of the £11bn privately funded transformation of the airport. My ambition is to take Heathrow from being one of the best airports in Europe to one of the best in the world and to connect all of Britain to global growth, and to do it sustainably, by expanding Heathrow.”

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