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London's Heathrow and Stansted airports report record traffic figures

London's Heathrow and Stansted airports today reported their busiest ever Novembers, handling 5.7 million and 1.7 million passengers (+2.3%) respectively during the month.

Heathrow also enjoyed a healthy 4.4% upturn in cargo volumes and looks set retain its status as Britain's largest port, accounting for almost 30% of all UK exports by value outside of the EU.

According to the gateway, cargo growth was particularly strong to fast-growing markets in the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America (China up 10.6%, Turkey up 10.4%, Mexico up 7.3% and Brazil up 5.6%), underlining strengthening trade opportunities for Britain’s exporters.
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Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye. said: “With record passenger volumes and strong cargo growth in November, Heathrow is delivering for Britain’s economy. 

“Since the Government’s backing of a third runway, we’ve put a team in place that will help us to deliver the benefits of expansion as quickly as possible – an affordable plan that creates more jobs, boosts exporters and builds an economy that is stronger and fairer for everyone – and we are looking forward to the publication of the Government’s National Policy Statement early next year.” 
Stansted's record November means that he airport’s rolling annual passenger total now stands at over 24.17million, up 7.8% over the previous 12 month period.

Passenger growth continues to be driven by record high load factors – the number of passengers on each flight – with an average 87.3% of available seats occupied on each flight during the period, another record for the month of November at Stansted.

The volume of cargo handled at Stansted also continued its upward trend with nearly 23,000 tonnes of goods passing through the specialist facilities, up 4.3% on November 2015.

The annual total now stands at just over 252,000 tonnes, an increase of 7.0% year-on-year.

Stansted Airport’s CEO, Andrew Cowan, said: “The first full month of the airline’s winter flight schedules produced another solid performance in terms of passenger growth and the busiest November for the airport on record.

“Strong average load factors continue to drive the increase in passenger volumes while the airport’s significant and high-value cargo operation also recorded another positive month of growth.” 



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