17 DECEMBER 2018
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Another consecutive record month in November with 6.1m passengers travelling through has put Heathrow on course for a record 80m passenger total for 2018. The November figure is a 3.3% increase over the same month in 2017.
It is also the first time the numbers in November have exceeded 6m and gives the airport a passenger total to date of 79,942,000. The figures reflect a trend, with other major UK airports publishing record statistics last week.
At Heathrow, North America saw growth of 5.8% from a significant base which officials said was because of more competitive pricing in the region. Africa saw the biggest percentage increase, up 10.2%, driven by new routes to Marrakech, the Seychelles and Durban.
Ahead of the Parliamentary vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, Heathrow has also announced it will pay for staff from the EU employed at the airport to achieve ‘settled status’.
On the environment, Heathrow has become the first UK airport to set out its plan for carbon neutral growth, outlining the role it will play on four key areas to reduce and offset carbon emissions from the growth in flights created by an additional runway.
CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Record numbers of passengers are using Heathrow for our outstanding service and better value. But growth must be sustainable, and our blueprint for carbon neutral growth is an important step towards our goal of zero carbon aviation.”
(See also Airports celebrate record figures in this issue).
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