Heathrow welcomed 7,075,530 passengers last month – its highest ever September figures.

It compares to around 6.8 million passengers who travelled through the airport in September 2019, and is more than 22 per cent higher than the 5.8 million passengers for September 2022.

It’s also the first time since February 2020 – shortly before travel restrictions were introduced due to Covid-19 – that monthly passenger figures have exceeded the equivalent period in 2019.

The figure brings Heathrow’s rolling 12-month passenger numbers to 76.8 million.

The monthly report is the last under outgoing CEO John Holland-Kaye, who will hand over to former Copenhagen airport boss Thomas Woldbye on 18 October after nearly a decade in charge.

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Holland-Kaye began his tenure as Heathrow CEO on 1 July, 2014, with much of his time in charge spent developing the airport’s plan for a third runway, which has been on hold since the onset of Covid-19.

Commenting on his departure Holland-Kaye said:

“It has been a privilege to lead the very talented team which in less than a decade transformed Heathrow into a hub airport that the whole nation can be proud of.

“We have built a solid legacy for my successor: Heathrow is now a customer service business with a clear path to net zero by 2050 and a plan to grow and to connect all of Britain to global growth.”