Belfast Telegraph

Record March for Heathrow as passengers increase by 2.5%

Heathrow recorded a 2.5% growth in passengers in March compared with the same month last year.

Figures released by the west London airport show that 6.1 million travellers used the hub last month.

T he growth was driven by emerging markets, with China up 12%, the Middle East 9%, Mexico 6% and India 4%.

Carriers have benefited from new larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380.

Garuda Indonesia launched the UK's first direct service to Jakarta in March.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: " It's been a record March for Heathrow and I'm delighted that we've added the UK's first direct connection to Indonesia.

"As South East Asia's largest economy, Garuda Indonesia's new route will be a significant boon for British SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) looking for new export opportunities."

Some 3.1 million passengers used Gatwick last month, up 5.8% year on year.

Stansted welcomed 1.9 million passengers during March (a 13% rise), while Dubai, Dublin, Amsterdam, Tenerife and Alicante were the most popular international routes from Manchester, which experienced 11% growth to 1.7 million passengers.

Luton Airport recorded 1.1 million passengers last month, a 24% increase year on year.