FIFA World Cup fuels record breaking traffic month at Heathrow

posted on 11th July 2018 by Justin Burns
FIFA World Cup fuels record breaking traffic month at Heathrow

FIFA World Cup fever netted Heathrow Airport a record-breaking June for passengers after its third runway plans were cleared for take-off last month by the UK Parliament.

More than seven million travelled through the UK’s hub in the month, a 5.4 per cent increase compared to June 2017.

On 26 June, Heathrow saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of passengers travelling to Russia for the World Cup, compared to the same time last year, as fans travelled out for the football.

Africa saw the most passenger growth in June (+11.3 per cent), closely followed by South Asia (+11 per cent) and Latin America (+9.2 per cent).

Parliament voted overwhelmingly to expand the airport in a vote that saw 415 MPs back the project that will see a third runway built and other infrastructure constructed.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow has had a great June, the start to a fantastic summer showing off the best of Britain.

“We’re proud to be the UK’s gateway, connecting the world’s best fans to the pitches of the World Cup in Russia and the grass courts of Wimbledon.

“With a strong mandate from Parliament to expand, we’ll continue making Britain proud for decades to come.”