Record-breaking year for Heathrow

A record number of passengers travelled through London Heathrow in 2017, with larger and fuller aircraft boosting growth.

Total passenger numbers were up 3.1% to 78 million with domestic travel and emerging markets continuing to be sources of growth.

Over 32.5 million passengers travelled to/from Europe, up 2.4% on 2016, but with 7.6 million passengers and 9.5% growth, the Middle East was the fastest growing region.

“Heathrow had its best year ever in 2017, helping to strengthen the British economy as the country seeks to redefine its role in the world,” says the airport’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye.

“Our colleagues welcomed 78 million passengers and supported the delivery of record volumes of British trade to markets around the world. We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver for Britain in 2018 as we progress our expansion plans.”

While passenger numbers were at record highs, the airport’s noise footprint was at its lowest recorded level in 11 years. 15% fewer households were affected by noise while night-time jet movements decreased by 32%.