The 2014 figures are in for London’s Heathrow Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. According to figures released today, London’s primary international airport welcomed a record 73.4 million passengers made journeys through Heathrow in 2014, an increase of 1.4% on 2013.
At Heathrow, fast-growing emerging markets continue to be a driver of traffic growth at Heathrow, with passenger volumes up 6.3% to Latin America, 5.2% to East Asia and 3.5% to the Middle East and Central Asia.
“Vietnam Airlines’ announcement that it is moving its operation from Gatwick to Heathrow is good news for Britain as it secures a direct flight to an important growth economy, with more frequent flights and cargo capacity,” Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said. “It also underlines that airlines can only make flights to many long haul destinations viable from a hub airport like Heathrow. “
The UK’s largest port also saw growth of 5.3% in cargo volumes to 1.5 million metric tons, helping more of Britain’s exports reach new markets.
Heathrow’s chief executive added: “Only by expanding Heathrow can we add direct flights to the world's growing cities, increase our exports and connect all of the UK to global growth. Expanding Heathrow will help Britain win the race for growth."
Heathow’s communiqué also stated that growth of 2.5% in transfer passenger volumes at the UK’s only hub attracted more long-haul flights to growth markets like China and Mexico.
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