Cargo at Heathrow soars in August with 13% growth

0
100
Heathrow, British Airways Boeing 777 on taxiway at sunset, March 2016.

Cargo volumes at Heathrow Airport continue to soar with the 13th consecutive record month in August.

Volumes climbed 13 per cent year-on-year to 139,000 tonnes, with Latin America proving the fastest growing trading market with growth of 30 per cent.

North America grew by 13 per cent to nearly 50,000 tonnes as American Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada increased cargo, and East Asia was up 12 per cent with strong growth to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

On a year-to-date basis between January and August, cargo volumes grew 10.3 per cent passing 1.1 million tonnes, and were up 8.7 per cent to over 1.6 million tonnes on a rolling 12-month basis.

Heathrow Airport chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye says: “Demand to travel from Heathrow has never been stronger – every day we’re welcoming record numbers of passengers to Heathrow with modern British hospitality and our trade with the rest of the world is growing in the double-digits. Heathrow is firing on all cylinders and showing the world our country is open for business.”

The airport welcomed an additional 700 Boeing 787 flights in August compared to last year, the fastest growing aircraft type at the hub.