16 SEPTEMBER 2019
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A record 262,000 passengers travelled through Heathrow to give the airport its busiest day to date on 4 August. The figure contributed to the 7.7m total number for the month, 0.1% up on last year.
Making the point the airport is currently “capacity constrained”, officials said Africa saw the most growth in August, up 6% compared to 2018, with the market continuing to benefit from a new route to Durban and bigger aircraft on flights to Nigeria.
Domestic flights were also up 2.7%, with more passengers using services to Newquay, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, while more than 126,000 metric tonnes of cargo made its way through the UK’s largest port by value. The top markets for cargo growth were Africa (+4.2%) and the Middle East (+1.8%).
CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “We are continuing to invest in future-proofing Heathrow with the airport continuing to be a testbed for ground-breaking technology like our new CT scanners (BTN 2 September).
“This is to ensure our passenger experience remains world class as numbers continue to grow. Using new technology and innovation as we deliver expansion will also demonstrate our global leadership on sustainable travel.”
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