MIAMI — London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) has recorded its 22nd consecutive month of growth, following the 7.5 million passengers that traveled through its terminals in of August.
The busiest day for arrivals was recorded on August 31, with 137,303 passengers flowing in through Heathrow.
Adding up the departing passengers, London’s main hub logged 15 separate days of handling more than 250,000 passengers per day. The airport claims that this rise has come from the new links to China.
Heathrow’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, noted that “August has been another stellar month for Heathrow with passenger numbers and freight volumes continuing to reach unprecedented heights.”
The airport’s CEO explained that Asia saw the biggest increase in passenger numbers, “with the figure for Asian traffic rising by 6.3% due to new services from Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, and Beijing Capital.”
In late August, LHR welcomed its first direct route to Chongqing, China, operated by Tianjin Airlines.
This is the LHR’s 10th route to China, set to operate on a three times per week basis on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
According to Tianjin Airlines, the route will move up to 81,000 passengers per year.
“It’s brilliant to see consumers and cargo making their way through the UK’s largest port to these new Chinese destinations”, Holland-Kaye added.
Cargo traffic also grew by 1.2% in August to 140,738 metric tonnes, with 50,000 of that flying to and from the United States.
With the Heathrow Expansion plan on the horizon, the airport’s continued growth and success
Back in June, Members of Parliament (MP) in the British Houses of Commons approved the airport’s plans to back the third runway at LHR. This vote comes following 20 years of debate, failed votes and significant opposition.
“With the expansion, we’ll be able to connect more points of the UK to global growth and we’re looking forward to working with the Heathrow Skills Taskforce to evaluate how we can best maximize the job opportunities that Britain’s new runway will bring”, Holland-Kaye concluded.