Busiest traffic day on record for Heathrow Airport in August

posted on 11th September 2019 by Justin Burns
Busiest traffic day on record for Heathrow Airport in August

Heathrow Airport had its busiest day ever for passenger traffic on 4 August when a record-breaking 262,000 passengers travelled through the UK hub.

In August as a whole, a total of 7.7 million passengers travelled through the capacity constrained hub airport in August, with figures up 0.1 per cent on last year.

Africa saw the most growth last month, up six per cent compared to 2018, with the market continuing to benefit from the new route to Durban and increased aircraft sizes on flights to Nigeria.

Domestic flights were also up 2.7 per cent, with more passengers using the services to Newquay, Guernsey and Isle of Man at a peak time for staycations.

Last month, Heathrow’s announced it was investing £50 million in cutting edge CT scanners, as the Department for Transport unveiled plans for all major UK airports to implement the technology which could bring an end to the 100ml liquid restrictions and potentially end the need for liquids bags, reducing the amount of single-use plastic attributed to aviation.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said: “We are continuing to invest in future proofing Heathrow. The airport will be a testbed for ground-breaking technology like our new CT scanners to ensure that our passenger experience remains world class as numbers continue to grow.

“Using new technology and innovation as we deliver expansion will also demonstrate our global leadership on sustainable travel.”