Heathrow Taking Off
In the wake of governmental approval plans to implement a third runway at London Heathrow Airport (LHR), the latest numbers have reflected growing cargo tonnage, and significantly, 13 successive months of record volumes.
In the first eight months of 2017, volumes grew year-on-year (YOY) by 10.3 per cent passing 1.1 million tonnes, and were up 8.7 per cent to over 1.6 million tonnes on a rolling 12-month basis. It has also been suggested that as much as a whopping £160m could be made available to revitalise the airports airfreight operations, buoyed by the impressive numbers which are trending way above last year’s peak. Notable increases are in the gateways’ transatlantic volumes, whereby LHR plays a pivotal role in connecting America with Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
Another factor in terms of LHR benefitting versus other European airports is due to having more cargo moving in a passenger aircraft than any other European airports.