Demand for flights to long-haul destinations helped Heathrow to record its strongest July in terms of passenger numbers since 2006.
According to new figures released by the airport’s owner, BAA, Heathrow welcomed 6.48 million passengers last month
This was 0.9 percent higher than the amount seen in July last year and also represented the third-highest number of passengers that the airport has ever handled in a single month.
BAA also reported traffic growth at Edinburgh Airport for the fourth consecutive month, adding that the results are evidence of stabilising passenger figures.
Across all of the group’s airports – including Stansted, Gatwick, Southampton and Naples – there was a significant increase (1.2 percent) in the number of scheduled flights to European destinations.
The rise in long-haul traffic was even more noticeable, jumping up by 4.8 percent for all territories excluding the North Atlantic Region, with Heathrow up 5.5 percent in this regard.
In 2006, Heathrow handled 66.9 million passengers in total, while the airport’s owner BAA also saw 34.4 million visitors to Gatwick and 22.3 million to Stansted.