Cargo climbs 1.2% in September at Heathrow Airport

Cargo volumes at London Heathrow Airport grew year-on-year (YOY) by 1.2 per cent in September to 142,343 tonnes driven by the North American and EU regions which went up 5.7 per cent and 2.5 per cent, respectively.

The airport said the stand-out single country markets for freight in the month were key economic powerhouses – the USA, China and Brazil.

Heathrow’s biggest freight region for tonnage is North America and it makes up more than one-third of the gateway’s monthly tonnage and last month the 51,691 tonnes and 5.7 per cent YOY growth boosted figures.

Other regions fell in September with African tonnage down YOY by 1.7 per cent to 7,005 tonnes, Latin American declined 3.1 per cent to 4,405 tonnes, the Middle East dropped 3.1 per cent to 21,442 tonnes and Asia Pacific, the airport’s second biggest freight region fell slightly to 43,088 tonnes.

In the first nine months of 2018, tonnage at Heathrow was up 1.5 per cent to 1.26 million tonnes and on a rolling 12-month basis from October 2017 to September 2018 it is up 3.5 per cent to 1.71 million tonnes.