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Heathrow reported record number of passengers

HeathrowHeathrow unveiled record figures with a record 73.4 million passengers that made journeys through Heathrow in 2014, an increase of 1.4% on 2013.

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Fast-growing emerging markets continue to be a driver of traffic growth at Heathrow, with passenger volumes up 6.3% to Latin America, 5.2% to East Asia and 3.5% to the Middle East & Central Asia. Growth of 2.5% in transfer passenger volumes at the UK's only hub attracted more long-haul flights to growth markets like China and Mexico.

Heathrow saw growth of 5.3% in cargo volumes to 1.5 million metric tonnes.
The UK's largest port saw growth of 5.3% in cargo volumes to 1.5 million metric tonnes, helping more of Britain's exports reach new markets. Heathrow saw its busiest ever December with 5.93 million passengers choosing to travel through the airport over the festive season, an increase of 2.4% on December 2013.

Larger, quieter aircraft continued to contribute to passenger growth at Heathrow. Seats per aircraft increased 0.6% to 208.4, while load factors remained strong at 76.6%. Passengers per aircraft rose 0.4% to 159.6. Passenger volumes continued growth within emerging markets, increasing 15.1% to China, 10.9% to Mexico and 4.0% to the Middle East & Central Asia.

Heathrow continued to welcome the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with year-on-year volumes increasing 4.7%. Cargo volumes saw strong growth of 6.2% overall, including increases of 33.5% to Mexico, 29.4% to Brazil, 15% to Turkey and 11.2% to India


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