Heathrow airport has recorded its busiest September ever, with an increase in long-haul journeys which saw a 7.6% boost in the number of people flying.
According to an official statement from BAA, the growth was supported by the reinstatement of flights that had previously been stalled, because of the effects of the recession. This provides an encouraging sign that business people are travelling again, claims the statement, after the disruption cause by the poor weather and volcanic ash at the start of the year.
“The growth reflects an improved outlook for our airline customers and an increase in business confidence, as shown by cargo figures which continue to outperform the pre-recession peak,” said Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA.
According to The Guardian, BAA welcomed comments from foreign secretary William Hague, who pledged support for “giving our country the myriad of connections which will allow 21st Britons to prosper and succeed.”
This, combined with the recent news that Eurostar will be improving its service to boost passenger numbers and decrease journey times, could attract international business to consider utilising a high quality conference venue in London to emphasise their British connections.