Heathrow has passed the 80 million annual passengers milestone for the first time, with growth boosted by larger and fuller aircraft.

The airport joins a select group of just seven airport worldwide to record passenger figures of over 80 million.

Traffic was up 2.7 per cent in 2018, with 6.5 million travellers passing through Heathrow in December, the 26th consecutive record month at the airport.

Routes to Africa and Latin America saw the largest growth last year, up 9.3 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.

Commenting on the news, Heathrow’s CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“2018 has been an exceptional year for Heathrow, with record passenger numbers and service levels, and with MPs voting overwhelmingly in support of expansion.

“We are on track to deliver an expanded Heathrow in the early years of Brexit, which will keep Britain as one of the world’s great trading nations.”

This week London City Airport also reported its highest ever annual traffic figures, with 4.8 million passengers arriving or departing during 2018.