Heathrow growing thanks to emerging markets
Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Mexico which was up 13.1%, China up 16% and the Middle East & Central Asia up 3.1%. North American segments continued to see growth with volumes increasing 1.5%.
Heathrow continued to welcome an increasing number of the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with combined March and April year-on-year volumes up 1.8%.
While overall British exports remain sluggish, cargo volumes at Heathrow the UK's biggest port by value recorded growth of 2.2% overall, including increases of 61.5% to Mexico, 27.5% to Turkey, 18.5% to Brazil and 9.9% to India.
Members of London First, the influential group of businesses that seek to make London the best city in the world for commerce, have come out resoundingly in favour of Heathrow expansion – further evidence that Heathrow has the backing of British business.
Partnering with six of Britain's great city regions, Heathrow announced a £3 million advertising package to showcase that the cities are open for business and great places to invest, work and live to Heathrow's 22.2 million annual business travellers. ■