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Heathrow breaks 12-month record with 81m passengers

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More people than ever before are choosing to travel through Heathrow. The UK’s hub airport served a record-breaking 81.5m passengers in the 12 months to May.

The milestone was reached as airport teams welcomed 7.2m passengers last month, the first time May traffic has ever exceeded 7m.

Heathrow believes his summer is expected to see more records broken with an estimated 30m passengers.

Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal celebrates 10 years of operations this summer. Since opening in 2014 it has seen 148m passengers traveling to more than 30 different countries on over a million flights.

While summer is on the horizon, it’s not too early to think about winter escapes. British Airways has just announced a new Heathrow route to Tromsø in Norway for Aurora-seekers and Arctic adventurers, as SAS confirms its own new addition to Sälen in Sweden.

Thomas Woldbye, Heathrow CEO said: “We have a winning team at Heathrow which has proven that we have put Covid firmly behind us.

“Thanks to their extraordinary efforts we are now giving record numbers of people the chance to connect smoothly with the world.

“Supporting 81m journeys doesn’t just help families to make wonderful holiday memories, importantly it is about the vital trade and business links a hub like Heathrow creates for the UK’s economy.”

May 2024     
       
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
 May 2024 % ChangeJan to
May 2024
% ChangeJun 2023 to
May 2024
% Change
Market      
UK           3987.4        1,89010.5         4,42217.0
EU        2,4819.0      10,5937.8        26,92411.1
Non-EU Europe           45511.4        2,2899.8         5,53413.4
Africa           248-12.7        1,392-6.8         3,4986.5
North America        1,9272.6        7,6584.7        20,30711.7
Latin America           1764.9          9135.2         2,1109.1
Middle East           6405.6        3,3448.4         8,2778.7
Asia / Pacific           85215.8        4,32018.4        10,44836.6
       
Total        7,176 6.7       32,400 7.9         81,519 13.9
       
       
Air Transport Movements  May 2024 % ChangeJan to
May 2024
% ChangeJun 2023 to
May 2024
% Change
Market      
UK        3,17912.5      15,10314.4        34,27316.9
EU      18,1355.5      82,9397.4      201,1069.4
Non-EU Europe        3,4015.1      17,9139.2        41,39611.9
Africa        1,185-7.7        6,409-3.6        15,2985.5
North America        8,324-0.0      36,4691.8        91,8348.4
Latin America           7532.9        3,9235.1         8,9479.0
Middle East        2,6363.3      12,4172.5        30,1447.3
Asia / Pacific        3,5495.9      17,91213.8        43,30426.2
       
Total      41,162 4.2     193,085 6.8       466,302 11.0
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