- Six months ended 30-Jun-2013:
- Passenger numbers: 34.4 million, +2.4%;
- Cargo volume: 698,044, -3.8%;
- Aircraft movements: 230,716, -1.9%. [more - original PR]
London Heathrow Airport pax up 5%, cargo down 4% in Jun-2013; 34.4 million pax in 1H2013
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