Cargo grows 11.5 per cent in September at Heathrow Airport

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Cargo volumes at Heathrow Airport continue to grow at record rates with 11.5 per cent year-on-year growth in September to 140,643 tonnes.

September was the 14th month in a row to record growth, and volumes are up 10.5 per cent in the first nine months of 2017 to 1.24 million tonnes, and by 9.2 per cent to 1.66 million tonnes on a rolling 12 month basis.

British Airways and American Airlines saw the largest growth in cargo, with the USA seeing the largest increase, followed by India, the UAE, China and Russia.

Heathrow Airport chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye says: “September has been another remarkable month for Heathrow, with passenger and cargo volumes hitting new highs. We are pleased that the Civil Aviation Authority has recognised the progress we and our airline partners have made on delivering Heathrow expansion affordably, so that airport charges can be kept close to current levels.”

UK transport secretary of state, Chris Grayling confirmed that the next milestone of Heathrow’s expansion is on track and the government is set to give the project formal go-ahead in the first half of 2018.