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LONDON – The UK’s busiest airport, and fourth busiest in the world, has recorded a rise in the number of passengers traveling through its terminals for the 27th consecutive month.

London-Heathrow’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said that “2019 is off to a stellar start, with more passengers choosing to use Heathrow because of our improved service and lower costs.”

Numbers show that 5.9 million passengers traveled through the airport last month, a 2.1% growth.

In a report published by Heathrow, Morocco came up as the biggest African nation, which saw a 40% increase in passengers, followed by Ethiopia at 27%, Nigeria at 13%, and South Africa at 12%.

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The report also showed that there has been a large increase in the East Asia region, with China seeing a growth of 27% due to the ever-growing new services to the country.

The airport said that an 8.8% increase in passengers from Latin American is likely to be down to the ever-increasing numbers of movements to Brazil.

Despite being constantly constrained with the airport operating at its maximum capacity, Heathrow continues to operate efficiently.

In the same report, the ACI also included a note on the clear widespread aviation capacity problem across Europe, which should only continue to strengthen the need and position for the requested Heathrow expansion.

Members of Parliament (MP) in the British Houses of Commons approved what had been seen as a controversial plan to back the third runway at London-Heathrow Airport (LHR).

The UK CBI has welcomed this news as “a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK’s global trading relationships.”

Holland-Kaye declared a the time that “Parliament has ended 50 years of debate by deciding that Heathrow expansion will go ahead. This vote will see us deliver more jobs, create a lasting legacy of skills for future generations and guarantee expansion is delivered responsibly. We are grateful that MPs have made the right choice for Britain and today we start work to create the best-connected hub airport in the world.”

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This week, the airport has also confirmed the kick off of their eight-week-long consultation on Airspace and Future Operations.

This program will shape the future of the airport’s airspace design for both the existing two runways and the third one, together with all new buildings and aprons.

With this, it would appear that despite the repeated woes of BREXIT, there is no sign that it will affect the future of the airport’s operations.