Heathrow press releases

10 March, 2017

2017 off to a flying start with Heathrow’s best-ever February

Aircraft

 

  • In its best February performance to-date, Heathrow welcomed a record 5.27m passengers (+5.5% when adjusted to remove last year’s leap day) alongside surging cargo volumes with 127,000 metric tonnes travelling through the UK’s largest port in just 28 days (+4.4%)
  • Larger, fuller, quieter and cleaner aircraft continued to drive Heathrow passenger growth in February as a more resilient UK economy saw travel demand pushed higher than expected
  • Emerging markets contributed to Heathrow’s strong February cargo performance, with volumes up to Brazil (+10%), India (+5%) and China (+4.2%) alongside healthy growth to North America (+7%) and the Middle East (+8%)
  • Passengers ranked Heathrow as the best major airport in Europe for the second year running at the annual Airports Council International awards
  • Heathrow unveiled an ambitious new sustainability leadership strategy – Heathrow 2.0 – aimed at making the airport a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation
  • Planning for Heathrow expansion is firmly underway as announced it would host six procurement events this year from Devon to Scotland in addition to its successful London Business Summit all aimed at increasing the numbers of SMEs in the airport’s supply chain
  • Over 6,000 local young people attended Heathrow’s 10th annual Jobs & Careers Fair meeting face-to-face with employers and learning about the wide variety of career and training opportunities on offer at the airport

 

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“Heathrow is off to a flying start in 2017 – we’re delivering the best service of any major airport in Europe to record numbers of passengers and boosting British exports with record cargo volumes.  Our new sustainability leadership strategy will make Heathrow a centre of excellence for sustainable aviation and planning for expansion is firmly underway with SMEs across Britain lining up to help us deliver it.”

 

Traffic Summary

      
       

February 2017

     
       

Terminal Passengers
(000s)

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Feb 2017

% Change

Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017

% Change

Heathrow

          5,266

1.7

11,006

3.0

        75,995

1.0

       
       

Air Transport Movements

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Feb 2017

% Change

Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017

% Change

Heathrow

        34,872

-3.6

71,997

-1.6

      472,075

-0.2

       
       

Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)

 Month

% Change

Jan to
Feb 2017

% Change

Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017

% Change

Heathrow

      126,812

4.4

251,212

4.4

    1,551,776

3.2

       
       

Market comparison
(000s)

Month

% Change

Jan to
Feb 2017

% Change

Mar 2016 to
Feb 2017

% Change

Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

             336

-2.3

             672

-0.4

          4,645

-8.2

Europe

          2,207

0.9

          4,396

2.6

        31,848

1.6

Africa

             241

-0.8

             519

-1.3

          3,157

-3.4

North America

          1,001

-1.7

          2,229

-0.6

        17,158

-1.0

Latin America

               93

-2.3

             201

-1.3

          1,223

0.1

Middle East

             556

15.3

          1,199

17.3

          7,138

10.6

Asia / Pacific

             833

2.8

          1,791

3.2

        10,826

2.6

Total

          5,266

1.7

        11,006

3.0

        75,995

1.0