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Heathrow records busiest ever September

Heathrow Airport has recorded its busiest ever September after 6.58 million passengers passed through its five terminals last month.

The figure represents an increase of 0.3% on September 2013, and it says growth continued to be supported by “larger, fuller, quieter aircraft”, while seats per aircraft increased 0.4% to 204.8, while load factors increased 1.1 percentage points to 81%.

Passengers per aircraft rose 1.5% to 165.9, and within emerging markets, volumes increased 17.6% to Mexico, 14.9% to China and 10.3% to Brazil.

Heathrow says it continues to welcome the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with volumes increasing 2.9%.

Meanwhile, cargo was up 7.8% overall, increasing 57.2% to Mexico, 52.2% to Nigeria, 37.1% to Russia, 25.6% to China and 20.8% to India.

The world’s third busiest hub, says two independent polls underlined growing support for Heathrow’s expansion amongst MPs and local residents, and explains that a majority of MPs now support an additional runway at Heathrow, with 91% of those who support also believing it will secure parliamentary approval, a survey by Ipsos MORI has found.

Local residents it says are also “more in favour of expansion” at Heathrow, with 49% supporting an additional runway and 32% opposing, a Populus study has found.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, explains: “September saw growing support from MPs and local residents for expansion at Heathrow as the best solution to the UK’s hub capacity crisis.

“Heathrow handles a quarter of all British exports by value, but is full. More and more people are asking "how can we double Britain's exports if we don't expand Heathrow?”

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