Heathrow Airport set a new record in 2014 with 73.3 million passengers passing through – 1.4% more than 2013. Glasgow Airport recorded 7.7 million passengers last year, Aberdeen, 3.8 million; and Southampton, 1.8 million.
The number of passengers passing through the London hub increased last year because more people are travelling to emerging markets. It is also worth mentioning the amount of passengers travelling to and from Latin America, with an annual increase of 6.3%; to and from East Asia, up by 5.2%; and to and from the Middle East and Central Asia, up by 3.5%.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO, said, “Only by expanding Heathrow can we add direct flights to the world’s growing cities, increase our exports and connect all of the UK to global growth.” He also pointed out that “Vietnam Airlines’ announcement that it is moving its operation from Gatwick to Heathrow is good news for Britain as it secures a direct flight to an important growth economy, with more frequent flights and cargo capacity. It also underlines that airlines can only make flights to many long-haul destinations viable from a hub airport like Heathrow.”
Record in December
In December 2014, more than 5.9 million passengers passed through Heathrow Airport, making it the busiest month ever with an increase of 2.4% compared to last year.