London Heathrow unveils record passenger numbers for 2014

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London Heathrow Airport announced that a record 73.4 million passengers passed through its terminals in 2014, an increase of 1.4% when compared to 2013. Heathrow also saw its busiest ever December with 5.93 million passengers using the airport over the festive season, an increase of 2.4% on December 2013.

The surge in passenger numbers has been largely attributed to growth within emerging markets, with volumes increasing by 15.1% to China, 10.9% to Mexico and 4% to the Middle East and central Asia.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO for Heathrow, said, “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.

“Only by expanding Heathrow can we add direct flights to the world’s growing cities, increase our exports and connect all of the UK to global growth. Expanding Heathrow will help Britain win the race for growth.”

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Helen has worked for UKi Media & Events for nearly a decade. She joined the company as assistant editor on Passenger Terminal World and since progressed to become editor of five publications, covering everything from aviation, logistics and e-commerce to meteorology. She has a love for travel and property and has redeveloped three houses in three years. When she’s not editing magazines, she’s running around after her two boys and their partner in crime, Pete the pug.

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