Heathrow press releases

10 September, 2015

Heathrow traffic and business commentary August 2015

Aircraft

 

                                                           August was Heathrow’s busiest ever month

  • Heathrow experienced its busiest ever month in August, with 7.33 million passengers passing through the airport, up 4% on the same month last year. The 2nd of August was the busiest day ever with 257,312 passengers choosing the UK’s only hub, whilst August 2015 was a record for arrivals, with 3.75 million passengers landing at the airport
  • Larger, quieter, fuller aircraft continued to be a key driver for growth. Seats per aircraft increased 2.3% on August 2014 to an average of 209.8, whilst load factors increased 0.4% to an average of 84%.
  • Transfer volumes remained consistent with the same month last year, up a marginal 0.1%.
  • Within the emerging markets, cargo volumes were up 8.6% to China, 11.3% to Mexico and 36.9% to Turkey on the previous August
  • The figures come as new polling by Populus shows 50% of residents in 12 local consistencies to Heathrow support expansion, whilst 33% oppose. 57% of those residents feel positive about Heathrow while only 8% have a negative feeling.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:
 
“With more local residents supporting Heathrow than opposing it, and with the backing of the Airports Commission, airlines, trade unions and businesses across the country, Heathrow expansion is the right and deliverable solution for the whole of the UK. Every month that we delay is costing our economy £1bn. The Prime Minister has a mandate to give Heathrow the green light - let’s get on with it.”
 

Traffic Summary      
       
August 2015     
       
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
 Month % ChangeJan to
Aug 2015
% ChangeSep 2014 to
Aug 2015
% Change
Heathrow          7,333 4.0 50,1472.2  74,439 1.8
       
       
Air Transport Movements  Month % ChangeJan to
Aug 2015
% ChangeSep 2014 to
Aug 2015
% Change
Heathrow 41,783 1.4 316,9180.6 472,507 0.3
       
       
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
 Month % ChangeJan to
Aug 2015
% ChangeSep 2014 to
Aug 2015
% Change
Heathrow  122,540 -0.2 985,6270.8 1,507,203 2.6
       
       
Market comparison
(000s)
Month% ChangeJan to
Aug 2015
% ChangeSep 2014 to
Aug 2015
% Change
Market      
UK  64 -0.7  3,508 1.5   5,335  2.5
Europe  3,048 7.4  20,864 3.7   30,724  2.6
Africa  310 -7.0  2,206 -6.6   3,371 -5.2
North America  1,757 1.6  11,518 1.6   17,158  1.5
Latin America  108 9.3  798 10.4    1,191  10.6
Middle East  658 10.0  4,252 5.1    6,254  4.3
Asia / Pacific  988 0.1  7,001 -0.5    10,406  -0.4
Total  7,333 4.0  50,147 2.2    74,439   1.8

 

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