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Record year for Heathrow?

Figures published by Heathrow Airport in May would indicate 2024 becoming an all-time record year for the world’s fourth busiest airport.  It is top of the league for Europe.

However, the airport says that despite its positive outlook for growth, current Government policy is curtailing the UK’s global connectivity.

“Initiatives such as the introduction of unnecessary visas for transiting passengers, the absence of tax-free shopping and the recently proposed hike in business rates, underscore the need for Ministers to take a cross-Government approach to policymaking that supports UK aviation’s global competitiveness”.

Thomas Woldbye, the new CEO of Heathrow Airport, said: “It takes an extraordinary team to deliver this strong performance and I’m proud of what everyone across the airport has achieved so far this year. As we continue to grow, our focus is on making Heathrow fit for the future, delivering reliable journeys for all our customers today and getting ready for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. But to unlock our full potential to help grow the country's economy, we need the Government to implement policies that support UK aviation’s ability to compete globally, and thus make the UK more competitive overall".

April 2024 saw 6.7m passengers pass through the four terminals.  The airport says that it is on track to welcome more passengers than ever this year with East Asian and Middle Eastern routes seeing double-digit percentage increases in passengers.  In 2019 the year’s total was 80.44m.  


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