Heathrow’s tonnage falls 2.1% in June but up 2.2% in 1H 2018

Heathrow Airport’s cargo tonnage fell year-on-year (YOY) by 2.1 per cent in June but it is still up in the first half of the year by 2.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2017.

Last month, the UK hub handled 139,329 tonnes of cargo and in the first six months of 2018 it processed 841,449 tonnes.

In June, tonnage to the European Union was up 1.1 per cent to 9,289 tonnes, to non-EU Europe by 1.8 per cent to 5,212 tonnes, but it was down to Africa and the Middle East by 5.7 per cent and 7.1 per cent, respectively, to 7,629 tonnes and 20,851 tonnes.

The hub’s biggest freight market is North America, where tonnage was down 1.4 per cent to 50,260 tonnes, Latin America was up 0.9 per cent to 4,012 tonnes, Asia Pacific was down 1.1 per cent to 4,1980 tonnes.

In the first half of 2018, European freight is up 4.9 per cent to 57,451 tonnes, and non-EU Europe up 8.8 per cent to 27,408 tonnes and to Africa it was down 1.6 per cent to 44,691 tonnes.

To North America it was up 1.8 per cent to 308,270 tonnes, to Latin America up 17.3 per cent to 24,254 tonnes, the Middle East down 2.4 per cent to 126,528 tonnes, and Asia Pacific up 3.4 per cent up 252,312 tonnes.

On a rolling 12 month basis from July 2017 to June 2018 tonnage is up 6.6 per cent to 1.71 million tonnes.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said with a strong mandate from Parliament to expand, the airport will “continue making Britain proud for decades to come”.