Heathrow’s passenger numbers rise in the run up to Brexit

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Heathrow’s passenger numbers climbed 0.5 per cent in March with over 6.5 million passengers travelling through the UK hub  – ringing in the 29th consecutive month of record growth for the airport.

Notable spikes in the previous month were St Patricks and Mother’s Day, with travel demand remaining strong despite ongoing uncertainty around Brexit.

Africa performed especially well over the past month, increasing by 6.2 per cent compared to the same time last year. Domestic connections also saw a slight uplift (+0.2 per cent) with British Airways launching its 2nd service to Inverness and Flybe growing their loads by more than a fifth (23 per cent) with an inaugural flight to Cornwall on 31 March.

Heathrow announced the launch of their 10th domestic route last month. The route is operated by Flybe and links the hub airport to Cornwall in Newquay for the first time since 1997.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said: “Despite Brexit uncertainty, Heathrow remains a bright light for the UK, with the role we play in keeping people and products moving evident.

“Our new domestic connections will be pivotal in linking more regions and nations to global opportunities, benefiting all corners of this great country and we look forward to announcing many more of these as part of the expansion programme.”