Heathrow experiences 40 years of passenger growth in last 4 months

posted on 11th July 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Heathrow experiences 40 years of passenger growth in last 4 months

In a sign of the recovery of UK aviation, nearly 6 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in June, totalling 25 million passengers in the first six months of the year.

Unprecedented growth in passenger numbers over the last four months matches what took place over the last 40 years.

Heathrow started recruiting back in November last year in anticipation of capacity recovering this summer, and by the end of July they will have as many people working in security as we had pre-pandemic.

Heathrow have also reopened Terminal 4 to provide more space for passengers.

Rebuilding capacity quickly is very challenging after the significant reductions in resource across the entire aviation supply chain.

Arrivals punctuality is very low as a result of delays at other airports and airspace congestion across Europe and this has compounded the challenge of resource constraints for the airport, airlines, ground handlers and government agencies.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Last month, we saw exponential growth in passenger numbers as nearly six million people got away – the equivalent of 40 years of growth in just four months.

“I am very proud of the way that our team is rising to the challenge of growth, and giving excellent service to the vast majority of passengers.

“However, we have already seen times recently when demand exceeds the capacity of the airport, airlines and ground handlers.

“We will review the schedule changes that airlines have submitted in response to the government’s requirement to minimise disruption for passengers this summer and will ask them to take further action if necessary.

“We want everyone who is travelling through Heathrow to be confident that they will have a safe and reliable journey.”

Terminal Passengers
 Jun 2022 % Change Jan to
Jun 2022
% Change Jul 2021 to
Jun 2022
% Change
UK            320 127.8        1,608 243.4         2,908 198.8
EU         2,252 535.0        9,145 642.9       15,172 245.5
Non-EU Europe            400 436.8        2,051 564.0         3,279 238.7
Africa            209 240.0        1,299 260.7         1,979 183.1
North America         1,668 1087.2        6,209 1214.0         9,074 796.0
Latin America            137 692.2           794 1384.5         1,153 599.1
Middle East            541 517.2        2,955 589.0         4,827 314.8
Asia / Pacific            463 478.1        2,011 283.0         3,224 179.6
Total         5,990 526.2      26,072 577.5       41,617 295.4