Heathrow welcomes 6.76 million passengers in June 2017
London Heathrow Airport handled 6.76 million passengers in June, registering a 2.3% growth in traffic when compared to the same month last year.
Over the past 12 months, the UK airport has welcomed a total of 77 million passengers.
On 30 June, Heathrow recorded its highest number of daily passengers, with 259,917 travelling to and from the airport gates.
Long-haul routes retained strong growth with passenger traffic to the Middle East and East Asia rising by approximately 10% and more than 5%, respectively.
This has been made possible by airlines that have started using larger aircraft, along with increasing their load factors.
The number of passengers travelling to regional destinations also increased with the launch of new airline FlyBe, which increased its domestic share and carried an additional 22,000 passengers to several destinations across Scotland.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Our record-breaking year, month and day figures show Heathrow continues to be the trade and tourist gateway to all of the UK.
“To keep Britain competitive, we need expansion to build more connections for British passengers and exporters and we are glad to see the government pushing forward on the next stages of the delivery.”
In terms of freight volumes, the airport reported an increase of more than 13%, while cargo movement to and from Latin America saw a growth of more than 38% in June compared to the same period last year.
However, North America remains the largest cargo market for Heathrow, with freight volumes in June demonstrating a year-on-year growth of 15.8%.
To meet the growing demand in the freight market, American Airlines opened a new expanded pharmaceutical cargo facility at Heathrow this month.
In addition, the airport and the Department of International Trade have launched the ‘World of Opportunity’ programme to support the UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to export abroad.
Image: Heathrow Airport handled a total of 77 million passengers over the past 12 months. Photo: courtesy of Heathrow Airports Limited.