Nominal July growth for Heathrow

By Doug Newhouse |

A total of 6.97m passengers used Heathrow Airport in July, a nominal rise of 0.5% on July 2013 and Heathrow’s ‘busiest-ever month’.


July 27 also marked Heathrow’s record busiest day, with 239,928 passengers passing through all terminals. According to airport management seats per aircraft increased 0.7% to 204.9, whilst load factors fell 0.5 percentage points to 82.3%. Passengers per aircraft rose 0.1% to 168.7.

Amongst emerging markets, Mexico was up +15.4%, China +10.4% and India +7.6%. Cargo also increased by 7.8% overall, increasing nearly 36% to Mexico, 34.6% to Russia and 11.5% to China.

Table above includes all airports: Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton. Image above shows London Heathrow Terminal 2 where Air China is based.


Heathrow said in a statement today that China’s performance is likely to strengthen further in forthcoming months, with Air China set to double its service to Beijing from October, following which there will be 51 very welcome departures from Heathrow per week to Mainland China.

The airport says these Air China’s flights will operate from T2, ‘demonstrating at an early stage the benefits of having STAR alliance operating under one roof’ and so maximising transfer traffic and therefore the economic viability of routes

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “The doubling of Air China’s routes to Beijing represents a vote of confidence for T2. It’s also recognition that despite other UK airports having spare capacity, only Heathrow can deliver daily, direct flights to emerging economies that will help Britain win in the global race for growth. Gatwick can’t, Heathrow can.”


In terms of passengers, Heathrow Airport handled 6,965.4m (+0.5%) in July 2014 and 42,032.1m (+1.7%) between January to July 2014. by contrast, Glasgow handled 841,100 (+1.1%) passengers in July and 4,320.1m (+3.7%) in the first six months.

Aberdeen Airport handled 366,600 (+9.2%) in July and 2,143.8m (+8.4%) in the first six months of 2014. Southampton handled 192,400 in July (+1.9%) and 1,014.1m (+5%) in the first six months of this year.

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