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
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.