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Paris or London?

Paris or London?

The U.K. left the EU and bad news is in the pipeline for London Heathrow airport. Despite the record-breaking start to the year at London Heathrow, latest figures show that EU competitor, Charles de Gaulle, is growing at twice the rate and is set to overtake as Europe’s leading hub airport within the next 2 years.

Over 6 million passengers traveled through the airport in January (up 2.9%). UK routes led passenger growth, increasing by 10.2% as more passengers traveled to Newquay and Guernsey. Other top-performing markets were the Middle East (+7.6%) and North America (+ 4.7%).

Over 115,000 metric tonnes of cargo traveled through the UK’s largest port by value, with the UK standing out as the top market for cargo growth (+60.6%).

The UK Sustainable Aviation coalition has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, setting out a roadmap which will cut carbon, whilst accommodating a 70% growth in passenger numbers.

Heathrow’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, said:

“If we are to be a truly global Britain, we need to be better connected to global markets than our rivals in Europe. It would be an economic disaster for the country to fall behind, just as we leave the EU. Heathrow’s new runway will make the UK a winner, connecting all of Britain to global growth and that’s why we need to get on with delivering it!”

January 2020     
Terminal Passengers
Jan 2020 % ChangeJan to
Jan 2020
% ChangeFeb 2019 to
Jan 2020
% Change
Non-EU Europe4372.64372.65,705-0.2
North America1,3384.71,3384.718,8944.0
Latin America117-3.9117-3.91,3781.5
Middle East6777.66777.67,7981.8
Asia / Pacific976-3.9976-3.911,368-1.8
Air Transport MovementsJan 2020% ChangeJan to
Jan 2020
% ChangeFeb 2019 to
Jan 2020
% Change
Non-EU Europe3,6460.23,6460.243,567-0.2
North America6,6351.56,6351.583,5101.0
Latin America497-6.2497-6.25,971-0.9
Middle East2,6381.12,6381.130,610-0.2
Asia / Pacific3,921-5.43,921-5.446,846-0.8
(Metric Tonnes)
Jan 2020% ChangeJan to
Jan 2020
% ChangeFeb 2019 to
Jan 2020
% Change
Non-EU Europe3,387-26.83,387-26.855,764-2.9
North America42,540-10.942,540-10.9559,798-9.2
Latin America3,930-6.93,930-6.954,0712.5
Middle East19,820-0.819,820-0.8258,9181.1
Asia / Pacific32,929-16.332,929-16.3457,290-11.0
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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.