Heathrow Airport posts 21st consecutive record month for cargo

Cargo tonnage at Heathrow Airport achieved its 21st consecutive record month in April as trade growth at the UK’s largest port by value increased by 2.3 per cent, compared to the same time last year.

The UK hub handed 141,215 tonnes in the month and tonnage is up 3.8 per cent in the first four months of the year.

In April, the US (+4.1 per cent), India (+7.1 per cent) and China (+10.9 per cent) – the three biggest economies of the 21st century  – were among the fastest growing countries for cargo.

On a rolling 12-month basis, freight is up 8.8 per cent, reaching 1.71 million tonnes from May 2017 to April 2018.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye urged the UK Government to push ahead with expansion at the hub: “We’re seeing more passengers and trade flow through Heathrow than ever before.

“A third runway is a tremendous opportunity to grab a greater share of this global growth for Britain and we’re counting on our politicians to seize it with a “yes” vote on Heathrow expansion this summer.”