Heathrow hails "surging trade" in March as cargo volumes soar at fastest rate for over five years

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Heathrow said cargo volumes to and from Mexico had increased by nearly a third (Source: Getty)

British trade is booming at Heathrow, after the UK's largest airport reported its best monthly cargo growth for over five years.

Heathrow said today trade volumes increased nearly 13 per cent in March, to 148,000 metric tonnes.

It now handles more cargo than all of the other UK airports put together, it added, with more than 30 per cent of non-EU exports passing through its terminals.

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Driving growth was an increase in trade volumes from Mexico (28 per cent), Brazil (13 per cent), India (nine per cent) and China (five per cent).

Meanwhile, domestic passenger figures rose by 4.4 per cent after falling by a third earlier in 2017. Services by Flybe were proving particularly popular, it said.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Surging trade, more domestic connections and more long-haul growth are the bedrock of the UK’s economy.

"Today’s figures put Britain in a strong position as the government begins Brexit negotiations and underline the unique role Heathrow plays as the nation’s global gateway."

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Heathrow also announced it had won the Skytrax Award for best airport in western Europe for a third year in a row. Holland-Kaye added:

Our expansion plans will give Britain the tools to do even better. We’ll double our domestic connections and add up to 40 new long-haul trading links, making the UK the best connected country on earth.

It’s a huge prize that only Heathrow delivers and we’re getting on with securing it for Britain.

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