UK. London Heathrow Airport passenger traffic climbed by 0.5% year-on-year in March, to over 6.5 million. This was the 29th consecutive month of growth for the airport. Notable spikes in the month were around St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day, and Heathrow said that “attitudes towards travel remain strong despite ongoing uncertainty around Brexit”.

How passenger traffic performed by region at Heathrow in March and Q1 (click to enlarge).

In the first quarter, passenger traffic rose by 1.4% to 17.9%, compared to Q1 2018. African traffic surged by 8.2% in the period, EU traffic climbed by 2.1%, North America by 5.4% and Latin America by 5%, though Middle East traffic fell by 5% year-on-year.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Despite Brexit uncertainty, Heathrow remains a bright light for the UK, with the role we play in keeping people and products moving evident. Our new domestic connections will be pivotal in linking more regions and nations to global opportunities, benefiting all corners of this great country and we look forward to announcing many more of these as part of the expansion programme.”