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Busiest ever month in July at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport reports that 6.97 million passengers travelled through the London hub in July, an increase of 0.5% on July 2013 and the gateway's busiest ever month.

The world’s third busiest airport, also says it recorded its busiest ever day on July 27, when 239,928 passengers passed through the five terminals.

Seats per aircraft increased 0.7% to 204.9, whilst load factors decreased 0.5% to 82.3%, while passengers per aircraft rose 0.1% to 168.7.

Within the emerging markets, Mexico was up 15.4%, China was up 10.4%, and India was up 7.6%.

Cargo was up 7.8% overall, increasing nearly 36% to Mexico, 34.6% to Russia and 11.5% to China.

The hub explains that China’s performance is likely to strengthen further in forthcoming months, with Air China set to double its service to Beijing from October, after which there will be 51 departures from Heathrow per week to mainland China, operating from T2.

Heathrow explains it demonstrates the benefits of having STAR alliance operating under one roof - maximising transfer traffic and therefore the economic viability of routes, and, CEO, John Holland-Kaye, adds: “The doubling of Air China’s routes to Beijing represents a vote of confidence for T2.

“It’s also recognition that despite other UK airports having spare capacity, only Heathrow can deliver daily, direct flights to emerging economies that will help Britain win in the global race for growth. Gatwick can’t, Heathrow can.”

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