Heathrow welcomes 59m passengers in first nine months of 2017

Heathrow welcomes 59m passengers in first nine months of 2017

Heathrow saw passenger traffic grow 3.1 per cent to 59.1 million in the nine months to September 30th, the latest figures reveal.

At the same time, cargo increased 10.5 per cent to 1.25 million tonnes

Increased travel demand and continued progress on the regulator’s cost control objectives resulted in revenues increasing 3.2 per cent to £2,161 million, with adjusted EBITDA up 5.7 per cent to £1,347 million.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive, Heathrow, said: “A strong performance over the summer – record numbers of passengers visiting Britain, double-digit growth in exports, strong global investor support and better service and value for passengers – shows what a critical national asset Heathrow has become.

“Heathrow expansion is not a choice between the economy and the environment – it must deliver for both. In post-Brexit Britain, it will connect our whole country to the global growth markets of tomorrow and a robust package of environmental commitments will help us expand responsibly.

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“We are now getting on with delivering it.”

Over 120 sites across Britain have bid to become logistics hubs and help build an expanded Heathrow as the airport looks to promote more affordable and sustainable offsite manufacturing while driving job creation outside the south-east of England.