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Traffic rises 1.1% in June at London Heathrow

Heathrow Airport has reported that more than 6.6 million passengers passed through the gates in June 2014, an increase of 1.1% on June 2013 and a record for the month.

The world’s third busiest airport, says seats per aircraft increased 0.4% to 203.5, whilst load factors decreased 0.2% to 80.8%, and travellers per aircraft rose 0.2% to 164.5.

Figures show the emerging markets showed the greatest rise, with traffic to Turkey up 7.5%, Mexico up 6.2%, and China up 5.7%.

Cargo was also up 4.7% overall, increasing 37.3% to Mexico, 23.4% to China and 16.7% to Brazil.

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, explains: “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.”

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