Heathrow topped the 80 million mark last year with a significant increase in the number of passenger movements, according to figures released by the airport.

A greater use of larger aircraft with higher occupancy meant that the airport was able to reach the milestone and stay within its target of carbon neutral growth. The number of passenger movements increased by 2.7 per cent compared with the previous year.

Cargo was also significant with 1.6 million metric tonnes of cargo passing through the airport during 2018.

North American cargo was most significant at 600,000 metric tonnes and the Asia Pacific region at 510,000 metric tonnes, emphasising the nation’s strong trading links with the United States.
Looking at December, Africa and Latin America saw the most passenger growth with numbers up 9.3 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.

Heathrow continued to be the UK’s largest port in terms of value.

“2018 has been an exceptional year for Heathrow, with record passenger numbers and service levels, and with MPs voting overwhelmingly in support of expansion. We are on track to deliver an expanded Heathrow in the early years of Brexit, which will keep Britain as one of the world’s great trading nations.”

“2018 has been an exceptional year for Heathrow, with record passenger numbers and service levels, and with MPs voting overwhelmingly in support of expansion” said the airport’s CEO John Holland-Kaye

“We are on track to deliver an expanded Heathrow in the early years of Brexit, which will keep Britain as one of the world’s great trading nations.”