UK. London Heathrow Airport handled 6.5 million passengers in October, a rise of +2.8% year-on-year. October was the 12th consecutive record-breaking traffic month for the airport.
The Middle East posted the highest growth by region (+11.8%), as larger, fuller aircraft boosted passenger numbers for the region. Asia Pacific traffic rose by +4.9%, Latin America by +7.2%, and the two largest regional markets, Europe and North America, by +1.8% and +1% respectively during the month.
Additional FlyBe services led to an uptick in domestic travel (+2%), with the regional airline transporting an extra 20,000 passengers in the month.
In the first ten months, passenger traffic climbed by +3% year-on-year to 65.7 million.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Record figures underline Heathrow’s position as a critical national asset. We remain on track to expand Heathrow in a way that is affordable, financeable and which meets all our environmental obligations, securing Britain’s place as one of the world’s great trading nations in the early years of Brexit.”