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Fri, 17 August 2018

London Heathrow Reports Busiest Day Ever

London Heathrow airport experienced its busiest day ever on 29 July 2018, welcoming almost 262,000 passengers in just 24 hours.

 Overall, July also reached unprecedented peaks, with over a quarter of a million passengers travelling through the airport on 19 different days in the month. In total, over 7.8 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in July, up 3.7%.

Red Arrows flying over London Heathrow. Click to enlarge.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said, “It’s brilliant to see even more international visitors coming to the UK and supercharging the country’s economy this summer. However, too often their first impression of the UK is a long queue for immigration. The Home Office should let visitors from low risk countries, such as the US, use the same e-gates as EU visitors to give them a warm welcome to Britain.”

The airport’s already popular North American routes saw significant growth of 8.1%, a total of 1.8 million passengers driven by larger, fuller aircraft.

Passenger numbers for Asia-Pacific climbed by 4.2% following new services from Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines, connecting the UK to Changsha and Xi'an and Qingdao. So far this year, Heathrow has welcomed 4 new routes to Chinese destinations.

140,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow in July, with the emerging markets - China, Turkey and Brazil - seeing the fastest cargo growth across the month.

Heathrow is also set to expand its retail options with a Louis Vuitton pop-up store in Terminal 4 and a Spuntino in Terminal 3, scheduled to open in Winter 2018.

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