31st consecutive month of traffic growth at Heathrow Airport

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Over 6.7 million passengers travelled through Heathrow Airport in May – the 31st month of consecutive record growth.

The figures are up 1.4 per cent on the same time last year, boosted by both of May’s bank holidays as holidaymakers spent the long weekends away.

Oceania stands out as the best performing region (+10.8 per cent) as Qantas flew fuller aircraft. East Asia (+10.7 per cent) followed closely behind, continuing to grow with new routes to China and Japan. Domestic traffic also grew by 2.2 per cent boosted by Flybe’s new routes to Newquay and Guernsey.

Heathrow expansion is set to reach its next delivery milestone on 18th June as the airport kicks-off a twelve-week consultation on its preferred masterplan for the project. The consultation is an important step in giving the public the opportunity to see in detail and comment on the airport’s latest plan.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said: “With more countries making use of the eGates, we’re now able to offer passengers from key trading partners a world class experience at the border, showing that Britain is open for business.

“An expanded Heathrow will be key to strengthening these links and we are getting on with delivering our plan as quickly as possible to ensure the UK remains one of the world’s great trading nations as the country leaves the EU.”