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Heathrow traffic up 1.1% last month

Heathrow saw its busiest ever November with 5.47 million passengers choosing to travel through the airport, an increase of 1.1% on November 2013.

The hub says passenger growth continues to be driven by larger, fuller, quieter aircraft at Heathrow, and seats per aircraft increased 1% to 204.3, while load factors increased 1.1 percentage points to 71.3%, and passengers per aircraft rose 2.6% to 145.7.

Passenger volumes continued growth within emerging markets, increasing 12.7% to China, 6.9% to Latin America and 4.2% to Middle East & Central Asia.

Heathrow continued to welcome the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with year-on-year volumes increasing 3.9%.

Cargo was up 2.3% overall, increasing 41.3% to Mexico, 37.6% to Brazil, 20.0% to India and 13.3% to Turkey.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, says: “Aeromexico’s growth to five weekly services is a boon for British businesses who will benefit from the increased convenience of 12 weekly departures to Mexico City and the choice between two global carriers in competing alliances that a strong hub at Heathrow generates.

“While Gatwick’s flights to Cancun are great for a holiday in the sun, they don’t support the economic activity that creates jobs in the UK.

“Only Heathrow attracts the long haul flights that connect Britain to fast growing global commercial centres like Mexico City – enabling £14.3 million worth of British exports to Mexico already this year.

“If Britain wants the growth driven by direct long-haul flights to emerging markets, it needs a successful hub airport.”

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