5.4 million passengers passed through Heathrow in January 2014, up 3.8% on the previous year. Seats per aircraft increased 1.4%, whilst load factors increased 0.6 percentage points on last year, to 70.6%. Passengers per aircraft increased 2.2%, to 144.5. BRIC passengers were up 5%, with China up 26% and Brazil up 6.8%. The MINTs were up 5.8%, with Mexico seeing the largest increase, up 26.8% on the previous year. Heathrow CEO Colin Matthews said: “January’s traffic figures reflect a strong start to the year and the increasing demand for long-haul routes to emerging market destinations, such as Chengdu and Mexico City, that only a hub airport can support.” Heathrow Media Centre: Heathrow traffic and business commentary January 2014.