Heathrow is gearing up for a record summer of 30 million passengers

Heathrow is gearing up for a record summer, with around 30 million passengers expected to pass through the airport.

Britain’s busiest airport saw a record 81.5 million passengers travel in the 12 months to May, up 13.9 per cent year-on-year.

It is also already gearing up for the winter business season by launching a new route to Tromsø, Norway «for Aurora seekers and Arctic adventurers».

Britain’s biggest airport reported a record 81.5 million passengers traveled in the 12 months to May, up 13.9 per cent year-on-year.

The seven million passenger mark was crossed for the first time in May, when 7.2 million flew through its terminals.

Customers traveling to the Asia-Pacific region saw a whopping 36.6 per cent year-on-year increase to 10,448 passengers in the 12 months to May.

The UK, EU and Latin American markets also saw double-digit percentage increases in customer traffic.

And Heathrow said it expects to «break further records» this summer with an estimated 30 million passengers.

Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Heathrow, said: “We have a winning team at Heathrow who have proven that we have put Covid firmly behind us.

“Thanks to their extraordinary efforts, we are now giving a record number of people the chance to seamlessly connect with the world.

«Supporting 81 million journeys not only helps families create wonderful holiday memories, but importantly the vital trade and business links that a hub like Heathrow creates for the UK economy.»

In April, British Airways reported a pre-tax profit of £189m for the first three months of 2024. compared to a loss of £60m in the same period last year.

Victoria Scholar, Head of Investments at Interactive Investor, said: “After the pain of the pandemic which wreaked havoc across the travel industry, Heathrow has enjoyed an impressive bounce back while successfully weathering the headwinds of the cost of living crisis.

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“International travel continues to gain momentum as London’s popular airport benefits from continued demand for family holidays and weekend mini-breaks, as well as an increased appetite for post-Covid business travel.

«This summer looks set to be another strong period for Heathrow as individuals and families continue to prioritize summer holidays over other types of discretionary spending.»

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