Heathrow passenger numbers on the increase

Six million people passed through the gates of Heathrow during May alone, a record breaking figure for the airport.

The UK’s busiest airport continued in this theme during May, by welcoming some six million visitors into its terminals. This represents a 2.2 per cent increase on figures recorded in May 2013 and became a record breaker for the airport.

Specifically, Heathrow noted a 0.1 per cent decrease in seats per aircraft (to 202.6) but saw load factors grow by 0.4 per cent to 75.1 per cent, buyingbusinesstravel.com reports.

These most recent results have come at just the right time for Heathrow, as it begins making its claim to be the UK’s only airport currently in operation that can connect the whole of the UK to growth. To do this it has outlined plans for a third runway which – if approved – would effectively destroy plans to build the ‘Boris Island’ super-airport in the Thames Estuary north of Kent.

Commenting on the results, a spokesperson for the airport told travelweekly.co.uk: “The scale and growth of these important long-haul markets show the unique role of Heathrow as the UK’s hub – other London airports like Gatwick or regional airports like Birmingham are important but no substitute for capacity at the hub.”