London Heathrow Airport achieved its 17th consecutive record month in March 2018 with 6.5 million passengers, up 5.5% year-on-year. The Easter getaway, coupled with schools’ half-term holidays, also led to the airport having its busiest departures day ever, with more than 136,000 departing passengers traveling on Friday 30th.
Long-haul emerging destinations were some of the best performers, with the airport reporting double-digit growth to Africa (12%) and the Middle East (11%). Latin America also experienced significant growth, up 7.3%.
March was also an award-winning month, as Heathrow’s Terminal 2 beat international counterparts to win ‘World’s Best Airport Terminal’ for the first time in the 2018 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
In addition the proposed Heathrow expansion project reached another major milestone in March with the close of one of the UK’s largest ever public consultations.
John Holland-Kaye, CEO, London Heathrow Airport, said, “The booming growth in passenger numbers and cargo, particularly from emerging markets, underpins the urgency to secure Britain’s economic future with a third runway at Heathrow – which has now been backed by the cross-party Transport Select Committee. We are delighted that passengers have rated us one of the top 10 airports worldwide, recognizing the huge improvements in service we have made over the last few years.”