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.”

Middle East traffic led the airport’s growth trajectory in October (Source: Heathrow Airport)