Heathrow sets new H1 record

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Heathrow Airport has continued to see a growth in passengers throughout 2012, with June figures up 1.6%.

The airport carried a record 6.2 million passengers through last month and it also set a half year record of 47.4 million.

While Italy, Greece and Portugal routes were weak, its traffic was boosted by the German, French and Swiss markets, with traffic from Brazil up 20%.

Heathrow’s owners BAA saw a total of 9.1 million passengers travel through its airports, up 0.7% compared to June 2011. Stansted registered a drop in traffic of 3.4% in June, while Glasgow saw a 4.5% increase and Aberdeen had a 1.3% rise in traffic.

“Continued growth in passenger numbers are evidence of BAA’s consistent performance in a challenging economic climate,” said Colin Matthews, chief executive at BAA. “But the contrast between the upward trend in passenger numbers to the BRIC economies and the downward trend for those countries most affected by the Eurozone crisis, once again shines the light on the importance to the UK economy of building direct connections with the BRIC countries”.


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