May 18, 2024

Heathrow airport issues call to government

Heathrow welcomed 6.7 million passengers in April and remains on track to welcome more passengers than ever before in 2024.

The total number of passengers who have transitted through Heathrow this year is 25.2 million. Last month, the airport welcomed a daily average of 224,000 passengers. Friday April 19 was the airfield’s busiest day since October 2019 with 1,337 flights.

The strong figures come after Heathrow was named the fourth busiest airport in the world by the ACI.

Despite this, current Government policy is curtailing the UK’s global connectivity, say spokespeople. They claim this is being caused by initiatives such as the introduction of unnecessary visas for transiting passengers, the absence of tax-free shopping and the recently proposed hike in business rates. 

They also underscore the need for Ministers to take a cross-Government approach to policymaking that supports UK aviation’s global competitiveness.

East Asian and Middle Eastern routes have seen double-digit percentage increases in passengers. A surge in passengers to Delhi and Mumbai has made these the sixth and eighth most popular destinations so far this year with New York, Dubai and Doha taking the top three spots, respectively. 

Terminal 2 welcomed its millionth flight on Saturday April 27, a milestone which comes as terminal prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer. 

Heathrow CEO Thomas Woldbye said: “As we continue to grow, our focus is on making Heathrow fit for the future, delivering reliable journeys for all our customers today and getting ready for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. 

“But to unlock our full potential to help grow the country’s economy, we need the Government to implement policies that support UK aviation’s ability to compete globally, and thus make the UK more competitive overall.”