Heathrow Airport tops 80 million passengers for the first time

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Heathrow Airport welcomed a record 80.1 million passengers in 2018 – up 2.7 per cent on last year – with growth boosted by the use of larger and fuller aircraft.

The UK hub is one of only seven airports in the world to reach this 80 million milestone. Passengers from all regions increased notably from Africa, Latin America and North America.

In December alone, 6.5 million people travelled through Heathrow in December, as passengers made their way home for the holidays or sought winter sun. Traffic increased by 2.5 per cent, making December the 26th consecutive record month.

The regions that saw the most passenger growth were Africa and Latin America, up 9.3 per cent and seven per cent respectively compared to last year.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said: “2018 has been an exceptional year for Heathrow, with record passenger numbers and service levels, and with MPs voting overwhelmingly in support of expansion.

“We are on track to deliver an expanded Heathrow in the early years of Brexit, which will keep Britain as one of the world’s great trading nations.”