UK. London Heathrow posted its busiest ever day for passenger traffic on 29 July, with 262,000 travellers passing through the UK hub. July was another record month for traffic, with 7.8 million passengers, a rise of +3.7% year-on-year. Over 250,000 people travelled on 19 different days in the month, which was unprecedented, said the airport company.

North American routes delivered robust growth of +8.1%, with Asia Pacific traffic up by +4.2%, EU traffic up by +3.7% and Middle East volumes rising +2.1%. China helped drive Asian traffic, with new services from Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines connecting the UK to Changsha, Xi’an and Qingdao.

During the month, as reported, Heathrow announced the arrival of two new retail spaces – a Louis Vuitton pop-up store in Terminal 4 and a Spuntino in Terminal 3.

How London Heathrow traffic by region broke down in July and in the year to date (click to enlarge)

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “It’s brilliant to see even more international visitors coming to the UK and supercharging the country’s economy this summer. However, too often their first impression of the UK is a long queue for immigration. The Home Office should let visitors from low risk countries, such as the US, use the same e-gates as EU visitors to give them a warm welcome to Britain.”