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Heathrow Hits New Record of 78m Passengers as It Awaits Expansion

The airport reports that 78 million travelers passed through the facility over the course of 12 months. This marks a 3.1 percent increase in passenger figures from the previous year.

London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) has announced that 2017 was a bumper year for the facility in terms of passenger capacity. The airport has revealed that traveler figures were up by 3.1 percent from 2016, an increase which saw 78 million travelers pass through LHR over the course of the year. This increased volume, explained the airport in an statement, was attributed to “larger and fuller aircraft”.

This announcement comes just as the airport prepares to open the public planning consultation phase of its long-awaited expansion next week. According to City A.M., LHR is eager to move forward with these plans, having received its consent for a third runway from Britain’s government back in October 2016.

The airport also revealed that 2017 was a landmark year in terms of cargo traffic. During the year, “Heathrow became one of the fastest growing major European hubs for cargo, with 1.7 million metric tons traveling through the airport…Across the year, the key markets for cargo were the US, East Asia, and Europe,” the airport reported.

In addition to this, LHR was also named ‘Best Airport for Shopping’ and ‘Best Airport in Western Europe’ for the eight consecutive years in the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Commenting on these achievements, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “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. 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.”

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