Heathrow Airport’s Cargo Growth Outpaces Passenger
Heathrow Airport’s recently released 2016 report detailed that they had achieved a 3% rise in cargo volume to 1.54m tonnes. Comparatively, they reported a growth in the passenger side of 1%, 75.7 million passengers, in 2016.
The report describes that the increase in cargo volumes was supported by the £674 million investment in the airport and new services to Jakarta, San Jose, Santiago and Inverness. Over a quarter of the UK’s non-EU exports by value also pass through Heathrow today. Cargo volumes passing through Heathrow that saw a particularly notable increase in cargo volumes came from Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. Heathrow’s expansion also moved into the delivery phase as the Government announced its support for a third runway and launched a 4-month public consultation on a National Policy Statement.
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow, said: “2016 was a milestone year for Heathrow. I am very proud of what our 76,000 colleagues have achieved. We gave better service at lower cost to a record number of passengers and helped British businesses across the country trade more with the rest of the world. We have started the planning process for expansion and are preparing the skills and the supply chain we will need to build it sustainably and affordably. Heathrow is delivering for Britain.”