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Heathrow CEO: Best-ever February

In its best February performance to-date, Heathrow welcomed a record 5.27m passengers (+5.5% when adjusted to remove last year’s leap day) alongside surging cargo volumes with 127,000 metric tonnes

In its best February performance to-date, Heathrow welcomed a record 5.27m passengers (+5.5% when adjusted to remove last year’s leap day) alongside surging cargo volumes with 127,000 metric tonnes traveling through the UK’s largest port in just 28 days (+4.4%).

Larger, fuller, quieter and cleaner aircraft continued to drive Heathrow passenger growth in February as a more resilient UK economy saw travel demand pushed higher than expected.

Emerging markets contributed to Heathrow’s strong February cargo performance, with volumes up to Brazil (+10%), India (+5%) and China (+4.2%) alongside healthy growth to North America (+7%) and the Middle East (+8%).

Passengers ranked Heathrow as the best major airport in Europe for the second year running at the annual Airports Council International awards.

Heathrow unveiled an ambitious new sustainability leadership strategy – Heathrow 2.0 – aimed at making the airport a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation.

Planning for Heathrow expansion is firmly underway as announced it would host six procurement events this year from Devon to Scotland in addition to its successful London Business Summit all aimed at increasing the numbers of SMEs in the airport’s supply chain.


Over 6,000 local young people attended Heathrow’s 10th annual Jobs & Careers Fair meeting face-to-face with employers and learning about the wide variety of career and training opportunities on offer at the airport.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“Heathrow is off to a flying start in 2017 – we’re delivering the best service of any major airport in Europe to record numbers of passengers and boosting British exports with record cargo volumes. Our new sustainability leadership strategy will make Heathrow a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation and planning for expansion is firmly underway with SMEs across Britain lining up to help us deliver it.”

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February 2017

Terminal Passengers
(000s) Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2017 % Change Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017 % Change
Heathrow 5,266 1.7 11,006 3.0 75,995 1.0

Air Transport Movements Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2017 % Change Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017 % Change
Heathrow 34,872 -3.6 71,997 -1.6 472,075 -0.2

Cargo
(Metric Tonnes) Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2017 % Change Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017 % Change
Heathrow 126,812 4.4 251,212 4.4 1,551,776 3.2

Market comparison
(000s) Month % Change Jan to
Feb 2017 % Change Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017 % Change
Market
UK 336 -2.3 672 -0.4 4,645 -8.2
Europe 2,207 0.9 4,396 2.6 31,848 1.6
Africa 241 -0.8 519 -1.3 3,157 -3.4
North America 1,001 -1.7 2,229 -0.6 17,158 -1.0
Latin America 93 -2.3 201 -1.3 1,223 0.1
Middle East 556 15.3 1,199 17.3 7,138 10.6
Asia / Pacific 833 2.8 1,791 3.2 10,826 2.6
Total 5,266 1.7 11,006 3.0 75,995 1.0