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Heathrow sets March record for passengers

14 April 2016 10:14

6.1m travellers passed through Heathrow last month

6.1m travellers passed through Heathrow last month

The number of travellers passing through Heathrow's terminals has hit an all-time high for March.

A total of 6.1 million passengers used the west London airport last month, a 2.5% rise compared with the same period last year.

Its figures show that emerging markets have driven up much of the growth. Trips to China were up by 12%, while visits to the Middle East rose by 9%, Mexico saw a 6% increase and journeys to India grew by 4%.

Airlines have benefited from new larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380, while Garuda Indonesia launched the UK's first direct service to Jakarta in March.

Travelling safe

Wherever holidaymakers or business travellers fly to, it is important they make sure their travel insurance is still valid and covers all their needs.

Not only does it protect them if their flight is delayed or cancelled, it can also reimburse them for all types of misfortunes, including lost luggage, missing travel documents and stolen possessions.

SME export opportunities

Heathrow's chief executive John Holland-Kaye expressed his delight at the record figures for March, and hailed the UK's first direct connection to Indonesia.

He believes Garuda Indonesia's new route will be a "significant boon" for small businesses in the UK that are looking for new export opportunities in South East Asia's largest economy.

How other UK airports fared

Gatwick also saw a rise in passenger numbers last month, with 3.1 million travellers using the airport, up by 5.8% year on year.

Stansted saw a 13% rise as it welcomed 1.9 million passengers during March.

Dubai, Dublin, Amsterdam, Tenerife and Alicante were the most popular international destinations from Manchester Airport, which experienced 11% growth to 1.7 million passengers.

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