Heathrow Airport has welcomed its 17th consecutive record month in March with 6.5 million passengers flying from the UK hub an increase of 5.5 per cent on the same month last year.
Easter getaways, coupled with half term, led to the airport having its busiest departures day ever, with over 136,000 departing passengers travelling on 30 March.
Long-haul, emerging destinations were some of the best performers, as the airport reported double-digit growth in African (12 per cent) and Middle Eastern markets (11 per cent). Latin America also experienced significant growth, up 7.3 per cent.
New routes launched by Hainan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines provided the UK’s first direct connections to the growing cities of Changsha and X’ian. Qantas also began its first direct service to Perth from Heathrow.
The Transport Select Committee has announced the backing of the northwest runway at Heathrow, believing this it is the right answer for the UK and laying the groundwork for the parliamentary vote in the summer.
Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said: “The booming growth in passenger numbers and cargo, particularly from emerging markets, underpins the urgency to secure Britain’s economic future with a third runway at Heathrow – which has now been backed by the cross-party Transport Select Committee.
“We are delighted that passengers have rated us one of the top ten airports worldwide, recognising the huge improvements in service we have made over the last few years.”