Heathrow press releases

12 December, 2016

Heathrow lands best November on record

Aircraft

 

  • Heathrow welcomed a record 5.72 million passengers in November (+2.5%) alongside a 4.4% growth in cargo volumes. Heathrow is Britain’s largest port, accounting for almost 30% of all UK exports by value outside the EU last year
  • Cargo growth was particularly strong to fast-growing markets in the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America (China up 10.6%, Turkey up 10.4%, Mexico up 7.3% and Brazil up 5.6%), underlining strengthening trade opportunities for Britain’s exporters
  • Emerging market passenger growth was also strong, with Mexico, China and the Middle East all up 8% – evidence that demand to fly from the UK’s front door remains strong
  • Larger, quieter and more efficient aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes which are up 0.7% year-to-date in 2016 as airlines deploy more and more new generation Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787s at Heathrow. Aircraft at Heathrow in 2016 to-date are 1.3% larger than in 2015
  • Heathrow announced further investments in Britain’s supply chain in November, awarding 4-year contracts seven expert companies who will design plans for the airport’s sustainable expansion. The new design team will help Heathrow deliver a modern, efficient and affordable airport and includes Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod

 

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“With record passenger volumes and strong cargo growth in November, Heathrow is delivering for Britain’s economy.

“Since the Government’s backing of a third runway, we’ve put a team in place that will help us to deliver the benefits of expansion as quickly as possible – an affordable plan that creates more jobs, boosts exporters and builds an economy that is stronger and fairer for everyone – and we are looking forward to the publication of the Government’s National Policy Statement early next year.”

 

 

Traffic Summary

      
       

November 2016

     
       

Terminal Passengers
(000s)

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Nov 2016

% Change

Dec 2015 to
Nov 2016

% Change

Heathrow

          5,721

2.5

69,513

0.7

        75,414

0.6

       
       

Air Transport Movements

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Nov 2016

% Change

Dec 2015 to
Nov 2016

% Change

Heathrow

        37,712

2.0

436,336

0.3

      473,542

0.3

       
       

Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Nov 2016

% Change

Dec 2015 to
Nov 2016

% Change

Heathrow

      138,050

4.4

1,407,561

2.8

    1,534,714

2.6

       
       

Market comparison
(000s)

Month

% Change

Jan to
Nov 2016

% Change

Dec 2015 to
Nov 2016

% Change

Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

             394

3.5

          4,287

-10.3

          4,650

-10.7

Europe

          2,382

2.6

        29,296

1.6

        31,625

1.5

Africa

             257

0.8

          2,881

-4.5

          3,163

-4.7

North America

          1,252

0.2

        15,790

-0.8

        17,142

-0.8

Latin America

               92

-3.7

          1,129

1.9

          1,230

2.3

Middle East

             529

13.0

          6,284

8.0

          6,863

7.9

Asia / Pacific

             815

0.5

          9,847

2.8

        10,742

2.6

Total

          5,721

2.5

        69,513

0.7

        75,414

0.6