Heathrow Airport has reported its busiest ever November on record, seeing 5.72 million passengers pass through its doors.
The figures posted by the second busiest airport in the world show a 2.5% year-on-year increase, alongside 4.4% growth in cargo volumes.
The airport, which has received backing from the Government for a third runway, has put the growth down to the use of larger aircraft such as Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787s.
Heathrow is Britain’s largest port, and accounted for almost 30% of all UK exports by value outside the EU last year.
Passenger growth was particularly strong in emerging markets including Mexico, China and the Middle East, all of which saw growth figures of more than 8%.
The figures show that demand to fly from the UK’s busiest airport is high, and experts expect even more growth over the busy festive period.
The use of larger and more efficient aircraft – they are 1.3% larger than in 2015 – has also been a driver for growth in passenger volumes, which have increased by 0.7% in 2016 to date.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “With record passenger volumes and strong cargo growth in November, Heathrow is delivering for Britain’s economy.”
The airport has also announced further investments in Britain’s supply chain in November, awarding four year contracts to seven companies who will design plans for Heathrow’s expansion.
It is hoped that the new design team will help Heathrow deliver a more affordable, efficient and modern airport, benefiting travellers all around the globe.
Mr Holland-Kaye said: “We are looking to create an affordable plan that creates more jobs, boosts exporters and builds an economy that is stronger and fairer for everyone.”
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Date Created: 15/12/2016