12-Nov-2013 12:18 PM

London Heathrow pax up 5%, cargo down 1% in Oct-2013; BRIC traffic driven by China market

UK's Heathrow CEO Colin Matthews said (11-Nov-2013) traffic to BRIC economies was strong in Oct-2013, increasing by 5.9% year-on-year, driven in part by a 19.2% increase in passengers to China. Mr Matthews added Heathrow is now the only UK airport serving the China market after Air China suspended its services from Gatwick, "making it the latest in a long list of airlines that have found it impossible to make long-haul business routes work from point to point airports. In contrast, BA has redeployed previous bmi slots to introduce a new route from Heathrow to Chengdu, showing that if new capacity were available at the UK’s hub, airlines would add new routes." Meanwhile, traffic to India increased 8.3% and Brazil increased 4.7%. Traffic at London Heathrow are as follows:

  • Passenger numbers: 6.3 million, +4.6% year-on-year;
    • UK: 461,017, +13.0%;
    • Europe: 2.6 million, +3.4%;
    • Africa: 289,502, -9.9%;
    • America: 1.6 million, +6.6%;
    • Middle East: 503,309, +7.1%;
    • Asia/Pacific: 530,979, +5.1%;
  • Cargo volume: 124,099 tonnes, -1.0%;
  • Aircraft movements: 40,884, +3.1%. [more - original PR]