Heathrow press releases

11 January, 2017

Heathrow’s milestone year: Record passenger numbers, award-winning service and Britain’s new runway

Olympics Arrival Rio 2016

 

Full-Year 2016

  • Heathrow celebrated 70 years of history as Britain’s front door in 2016, welcoming a record 76 million passengers (+1%) alongside 1.5 million tonnes of cargo (+3%) travelling through the UK’s hub – that’s nearly three full Millennium Stadia of passengers a day and annual cargo equivalent to 118,000 London buses, 7,500 Angels of the North or nearly 30 fully-loaded Queen Elizabeth II ocean liners
  • For the second year running, Heathrow was delighted to be named as the ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ by its passengers at the annual Skytrax Global Airport Awards
  • Larger, quieter and more efficient aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger volumes at Heathrow. In 2016, around 40% of Heathrow’s long haul passengers travelled on cleaner and quieter new generation aircraft, such as Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners – up from around 25% in 2015 and helping to reduce the airport’s impact on local communities
  • In a major boost for the economy, the Government announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow – the first full-length runway in the south east since the second world war. The Government will begin consulting on a national policy statement early this year

 

December 2016

  • December passenger volumes set a new record for Heathrow, with 6.2 million passengers travelling through the airport (+4.4%) – emerging markets in the Middle East (+16.9%) and Asia (+3.2%) continued to be drivers for growth as well as strong performance on North American segments (+2.1%)
  • Cargo growth was also strong, with trade through Heathrow increasing 5.1% driven in particular by growth to emerging market destinations – Brazil up 18.6%, India up 12.1% and China up 8.3%

 

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“Heathrow celebrated 70 years as the country’s front door in 2016 and I’m proud that we were able to end this year on such a high note. Whether it was welcoming back a triumphant Team GB from Rio or giving that special Heathrow service to a record number of passengers, increasing Britain’s trade with the rest of the world or securing Government support for expansion – Heathrow is Britain’s airport and we will continue to help all of our country thrive for decades to come.”

 

Traffic Summary

      
       

December 2016

     
       

Terminal Passengers
(000s)

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Dec 2016

% Change

Jan 2016 to
Dec 2016

% Change

Heathrow

          6,163

4.4

75,676

1.0

        75,676

1.0

       
       

Air Transport Movements

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Dec 2016

% Change

Jan 2016 to
Dec 2016

% Change

Heathrow

        36,895

-0.8

473,231

0.2

      473,231

0.2

       
       

Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Dec 2016

% Change

Jan 2016 to
Dec 2016

% Change

Heathrow

      133,641

5.1

1,541,202

3.0

    1,541,202

3.0

       
       

Market comparison
(000s)

Month

% Change

Jan to
Dec 2016

% Change

Jan 2016 to
Dec 2016

% Change

Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

             361

-0.5

          4,648

-9.6

          4,648

-9.6

Europe

          2,440

4.8

        31,737

1.8

        31,737

1.8

Africa

             283

0.4

          3,164

-4.1

          3,164

-4.1

North America

          1,381

2.1

        17,171

-0.5

        17,171

-0.5

Latin America

               97

-4.0

          1,226

1.4

          1,226

1.4

Middle East

             677

16.9

          6,961

8.8

          6,961

8.8

Asia / Pacific

             924

3.2

        10,771

2.8

        10,771

2.8

Total

          6,163

4.4

        75,676

1.0

        75,676

1.0