Weather and strikes force Heathrow traffic lower in June

UK. Heathrow Airport handled 6.6 million passengers in June, down by -1% year-on-year. The drop was blamed on weather-related cancellations and recurring French industrial action.

Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were strong to Latin America (+3%) and East Asia (+2%) following Avianca’s increase in frequencies to a daily flight and more A380s on services to Singapore, Thailand and Korea. China and Mexico were “bright spots”, noted Heathrow Airport, with passenger growth jumping by +7%.

In the first six months, passenger volumes climbed marginally (+0.6%) to 35.7 million. On a rolling 12-month basis, traffic was up by +1.8% to 75.1 million.

Heathrow Airport: Traffic dipped in June but is up marginally in the first six months of 2016

Amid the post-‘Brexit’ vote uncertainty, Heathrow Airport noted that expansion at the hub “must be at the top of the next Prime Minister’s to-do list”. It claimed that new polling showed “overwhelming Parliamentary support for an expanded Heathrow, with over two-thirds of MPs backing a third runway”.


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