Record 2012 for Heathrow
Published: 14/01/2013 - Filed under: News »
Heathrow airport recorded its busiest ever calendar year in 2012, with just under 70 million passengers passing through its terminals.
The results are up 0.9 per cent on 2011, helped by a record 5.6 million passengers passing through the airport in December, up 2 per cent on the previous year.
The figures were driven by a 3.2 per cent increase in North Atlantic traffic, along with increased services to South America (up 21.6 per cent), and a 3.4 per cent increase in traffic to the Middle East and central Asia.
Africa and India fared less well, with traffic down 5.7 and 3.4 per cent respectively, while European traffic increased by 0.5 per cent.
With Heathrow operating at over 99 per cent capacity, the record figures have mainly come from increased load factors (up from 75.2 to 75.6 per cent), and an increase in the number of seats per aircraft (up from an average of 194.8 to 197.4).
In April last year Heathrow announced it has passed 70 million passengers over a 12-month period for the first time (see online news April 11, 2012).
Heathrow will open its new Terminal 2 next year, with Star Alliance carriers set to use the facility, along with Aer Lingus and Virgin’s domestic services (see online news December 11, 2012).
For more information visit heathrowairport.com.
Report by Mark Caswell
FrequentTraveller - 14/01/2013 11:52
"(up from an average of 197.4 to 194.8)."
How can a decrease be described as up? May be the numbers are just in the wrong order.
BusinessTraveller - 14/01/2013 12:20
Hi FrequentTraveller - thanks for pointing out the typo. The figures were indeed round the wrong way - this has now been amended.
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