Heathrow reports traffic gains again in February

London Heathrow reported another record monthly performance in February, with 4.95 million passengers travelling through the airport, up 1.1% year-on-year. 

Heathrow's Terminal 5
Heathrow’s Terminal 5

Operating at capacity, passenger growth at Heathrow was primarily driven by larger, quieter aircraft deployed at the airport. Seats per aircraft increased 1.8% to 205.1 while load factors remained at 69.3% and passengers per aircraft rose 1.7% to 142.1.

Emerging markets continued to perform strongly, with passenger volumes increasing 23.5% to China, 14.9% to Mexico and 10.9% to Brazil in addition to robust performance on North American segments where volumes increased 4.3%. Transfer passenger traffic rose 5.0%.

With Heathrow recently being usurped by Dubai International as the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passenger numbers, the airport authority is pressing the case for an additional runway to claw back its dominance.

Heathrow recently launched the Best for Britain, Backed by Britain report, which details the predicted economic benefits derived from an additional runway.

The airport operator also recently sponsored a London Chamber of Commerce trade mission to Colombia, on the 12-month anniversary of direct flights between the UK and Bogota.

Commenting on the initiative, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“We were delighted to support British businesses by sponsoring the trade mission to Colombia, a year after Avianca announced its direct service from Heathrow to Bogota.  Now British businesses are calling for direct flights to other important South American cities – Santiago, Lima, even Medellin.  These routes can only be sustained through a hub airport, so the choice is to expand Heathrow or force British business people to transfer through Paris or Madrid, handing a competitive advantage to Britain’s European rivals. Heathrow expansion – staying connected – is now urgent. It’s time to get on with it.”

LONDON HEATHROW TRAFFIC SUMMARY – FEBRUARY

February 2015
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2015
% Change Mar 2014 to
Feb 2015
% Change
Heathrow         4,954 1.1 10,409 1.2       73,501 1.3
Air Transport Movements  Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2015
% Change Mar 2014 to
Feb 2015
% Change
Heathrow       35,056 -0.6 72,186 -0.7      470,182 0.0
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2015
% Change Mar 2014 to
Feb 2015
% Change
Heathrow      118,248 7.7 234,095 5.5   1,511,279 5.9
Market comparison
(000s)
Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2015
% Change Mar 2014 to
Feb 2015
% Change
Market
UK 377 2.4            758 3.8         5,311 4.8
Europe 2,057 0.4         4,103 0.4       30,002 0.2
Africa 249 -6.6            555 -4.3         3,502 -0.7
North America 970 4.3         2,173 3.5       17,047 1.7
Latin America 88 15.8            191 14.9         1,141 7.6
Middle East 453 4.0            970 4.5         6,089 3.4
Asia / Pacific 760 -1.7         1,660 -1.9       10,410 0.7
Total 4,954 1.1       10,409 1.2       73,501 1.3
Note: Origin and destination is classified according to ultimate origin or destination of aircraft in the case of multi sector flights
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