Heathrow Airport welcomed 6.6 million passengers in April – a fall of 2.2 per cent on the same month last year.
However, combined with March’s figures, underlying passenger growth at Heathrow over the two months was 1.4 per cent. For the first time, more than 13 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in March and April.
In the first four months the total is up 1.6 per cent to 24.2 million and on a rolling 12-month basis passenger numbers are up 2.1 per cent at 78.3 million.
In April, passenger growth was strongest for domestic and emerging markets. South Asia (+3.6 per cent), Africa (+3.1 per cent) and the UK (+0.8 per cent) were the best performers, largely due to airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to these destinations.
Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye urged the UK Government to push ahead with expansion at the hub: “We’re seeing more passengers and trade flow through Heathrow than ever before.
“A third runway is a tremendous opportunity to grab a greater share of this global growth for Britain and we’re counting on our politicians to seize it with a “yes” vote on Heathrow expansion this summer.”