Volumes fall in October at Heathrow Airport

Northern runway at Heathrow Airport

Cargo volumes fell 1.4 per cent in October at Heathrow Airport, but tonnage so far this year for the first 10 months of 2015 is up a fraction by 0.1 per cent.

The airport handled 132,575 tonnes in the month and has seen more than 1.2 million tonnes in this calendar year, but on a rolling basis for the last 12 months, volumes are up 0.8 per cent.

Emerging market cargo volumes at Heathrow Airport have increased 3.4 per cent over the past 12 months – notably to Turkey up 26 per cent and Brazil up 7 per cent.

The hub says this underlines the export growth potential an expanded Heathrow with up to 40 new long-haul connections would deliver.

Heathrow has just begun an engagement with the freight industry on a cargo blueprint which it says will double the gateway’s cargo capacity and boost the UK’s global export competitiveness by enabling faster, more efficient cargo movements.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye explains: “Another record month for passenger growth, particularly to emerging economies, shows the urgent need for expansion at Heathrow.

“We can create the world’s best connected and most sustainable hub airport, ensuring Britain remains at the heart of the global economy for future generations.  Let’s build it.”