A record 6.56 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in October (+3.9% on October 2014), making it the airport’s busiest October to date.
Larger, fuller, quieter aircraft continued to drive passenger growth at Heathrow. Seats per aircraft increased 2.1% to 209.3 while load factors increased 2.3% to 77.9% and passengers per aircraft rose 4.5% to 162.9.
Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Mexico which was up 28%, China up 18% and to the Middle East which was up 7% as carriers continue to benefit from new aircraft including A380s.
Emerging market cargo volumes at Heathrow, the UK’s largest port by value, increased 3.4% over the past 12 months – notably to Turkey up 26% and Brazil up 7%.