Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport have both reported a record number of passengers within a year in 2014.
Heathrow saw 73.5 million passengers use the airport, up 1.4% on 2013. Volumes were up especially on routes to Latin America (6.3%), East Asia (5.2%) and the Middle East & Central Asia (3.5%).
“Vietnam Airlines’ announcement that it is moving its operation from Gatwick to Heathrow is good news for Britain as it secures a direct flight to an important growth economy, with more frequent flights and cargo capacity. It also underlines that airlines can only make flights to many long-haul destinations viable from a hub airport like Heathrow,” said the airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye.
Meanwhile Gatwick posted a 7.6% increase in passengers to reach more than 38.12 million. Long-haul routes excluding the US made up the most of its growth with a 12.1% boost, while European scheduled routes also saw a 12% rise in passengers carried.
Nick Dunn, chief financial officer at London Gatwick, said: “Gatwick’s record-breaking figures show an airport serving the widest range of travel and airline models – exactly what is needed from the decision about the UK’s next runway.”
Further north, Glasgow Airport registered its busiest year since 2008. More than 7.7 million people used the airport in 2014, up 4.8% on 2013. International traffic increased 17% with new routes including those from Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Icelandair and Wizz Air.