Asian routes push up traffic at Heathrow

 
City A.M. Reporter
PASSENGER traffic through Heathrow airport rose 4.6 per cent in June, helped by strong growth on China and European routes as well as an extra working day compared with last year, Heathrow said yesterday.

Of the 6.5m passengers that passed through Heathrow last month, passengers to and from China rose 24.6 per cent with East Asia and South America also seeing increases of over 10 per cent, the British airport operater owned by Spanish company Ferrovial said.

European traffic rose 6.6 per cent, boosted by strong growth on routes to Italy, Norway, France and the Netherlands.

It said that after adjusting for the extra day and the impact of a strike by French air traffic controllers in the middle of June, underlying passenger traffic would be up by 3.6 per cent on the same month last year.

Cargo volumes fell in the month by 4.2 per cent, it said yesterday, reflecting a global slide in air freight transport.

Politicians have been battling for years over whether to build a third runway at Heathrow, which is operating at around 98 per cent capacity. About 1,300 flights arrive and leave from Heathrow daily.