- Passenger numbers: 5.2 million, +0.3% year-on-year;
- Cargo volume: 106,425 tonnes, -5.3%;
- Aircraft movements: 36,872, -5.6%.
London Heathrow Airport pax numbers stable in Jan-2013, cargo down 5%
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