Published on : Friday, May 17, 2019
London Heathrow airport welcomed 6.79 million passengers in April 2019 (+3.3 per cent on last April). It averaged 226,600 daily passengers – almost the population of Aberdeen. North America is its most popular market. The new flights to Nashville, Pittsburgh and Charleston, helped boost passenger numbers by 7.5 per cent month-on-month.
New routes to Durban, Marrakesh and the Seychelles led to a notable 12 per cent increase in passengers traveling to Africa. Helping to boost links to more Asian markets, Heathrow announced a new Air China, thrice weekly service to Chengdu. Air China is set to transport 80,000 passengers and 3,744 tonnes of cargo between China and the UK each year.
Heathrow welcomed Flybe’s route from Cornwall Airport Newquay, marking the start of a new year-round service operating four flights a day, seven days a week. This will help to improve regional connectivity.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “Increasing passenger demand and new long haul and domestic routes is a reminder of the critical role aviation plays in our economy, connecting all of Britain to global growth.”
He said that the aviation must play its part in keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees in order to maintain the economic benefits of flying for future generations,. Carbon is the problem, not flying. Heathrow is taking a lead in moving the global aviation sector to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.