Nearly 75 million passengers travelled through
Heathrow in 2015, an increase of 2.2% on 2014 and the airportís
highest ever number of annual passengers.
Larger, quieter aircraft contributed to the
increase in annual passenger volumes, with seats per aircraft
increasing 2.1% to 209 while load factors remained constant at
76.5% and passengers per aircraft rose 1.9% to 160. At the end of
2015, over 20 daily Airbus A380 departures and arrivals were
operated by eight airlines.
Emerging markets continued to be a driver of
traffic growth at Heathrow, with passenger volumes up 14% to
China, 8% to Latin America and 6% to the Middle East.
Heathrow also played a leading role in helping
Britainís exports reach global markets, with the UKís largest port
by value recording cargo volumes of 1.5 million metric tonnes for
Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said, ď2015 has
been a banner year for Heathrow, serving more passengers than ever
and being recognised in a number of awards as the best major
airport in Europe for both passenger service and eco-innovation.
The record levels of passenger satisfaction are due to a
significant increase in training, apprenticeships and the number
of front line colleagues moving into management roles. Our new
expansion plan will make Heathrow the most sustainable hub
airport, and Britain the best connected country in the world.Ē
December 2015 Traffic
December 2015 passenger volumes remained
consistent with 2014 at 5.9 million passengers choosing to travel
through the airport over the festive season.
Passenger volumes continued growth within
emerging markets, increasing 16% to Mexico, 6% to the Middle East
and 5% to China.
Cargo volumes were up 0.8%, with increases
driven by growth from emerging markets Ė notably, Nigeria up 50%,
China up 20% and Turkey up 20%.
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