Heathrow reports 7.7% rise in August passenger traffic

12 September 2013 (Last Updated September 12th, 2013 18:30)

London Heathrow Airport reported a 7.7% increase in its passenger traffic in August 2013 compared to August 2012.

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London Heathrow Airport reported a 7.7% increase in its passenger traffic in August 2013 compared to August 2012.

The growth is primarily attributable to comparatively lower traffic at the time of the London Olympics in 2012.

Adjusting for the games, underlying growth for July and August stood at 1%.

During the month, the average aircraft size continued its upward trend, while load factors were high.

The average number of seats per aircraft increased by 3.4% to 204.2, and the number of passengers on each flight increased 6.9% to 168.9.

This led to an average load factor of 82.7%, an increase 2.6% from August 2012.

Overall, Heathrow reported a strong European traffic performance, up 8.6% including growth to Italy, France and Germany.

"Larger, fuller aircraft continue to contribute to rising passenger numbers at Heathrow."

Passenger traffic on routes to Middle East and Central Asia improved, with an increase of 13.4%, while East Asia and South Asia traffic was up 21.3% and 18.3% respectively.

BRIC economies also contributed to the growth, with traffic on routes to China and India increasing by 28.3% 18.7% respectively.

The airport's overall traffic to the BRICS in August 2012 increased 13.4%, compared to the same month in 2012.

Heathrow chief executive Colin Matthews said that larger, fuller aircraft continue to contribute to rising passenger numbers at Heathrow.

"The country is falling behind its international rivals in links to emerging economies, which in turn means we're losing the global race for jobs, trade and economic growth.

"Only a larger hub airport can put the UK back at the forefront of international connectivity," Matthews added.

Heathrow's cargo volumes have continued to decrease, with a drop of 6% during the period.


Image: Heathrow reported a strong overall European traffic performance during August 2012.