By Dermot Davitt
London Heathrow Airport handled 6.6 million passengers in June, an increase of +1.1% on June 2013 and a new record for the month.
Of the key emerging markets the airport serves, traffic to and from Turkey was up +7.5%, Mexico was up +6.2%, and China increased by +5.7%.
Seats per aircraft increased +0.4% to 203.5, while load factors decreased 0.2 percentage points to 80.8%. Passengers per aircraft rose +0.2% to 164.5.
June also saw the opening of Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, almost 60 years after the original Terminal 2 opened as the airport’s first passenger terminal in 1955.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “The increase in both cargo and passenger volumes to emerging markets, demonstrates the strategic value of Heathrow in connecting Britain’s exporters with global growth. In June we successfully opened the new Terminal 2, the latest phase of the £11 billion privately funded transformation of the airport. My ambition is to take Heathrow from being one of the best airports in Europe to one of the best in the world and to connect all of Britain to global growth, and to do it sustainably, by expanding Heathrow.”