July tonnage dip at Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport’s tonnage dipped year-on-year (YOY) by 2.1 per cent in July to 140,241 tonnes, but is up so far this year and on a rolling 12-month basis.

Freight to the Middle East was down YOY by 1.9 per cent to 22,012 tonnes, to Asia Pacific tonnage fell YOY by 2.4 per cent to 42,841 tonnes and to the hub’s biggest market North America it declined YOY by 3.1 per cent to 49,695.

Tonnage into Latin America rose YOY by 4.2 per cent to 4,403 tonnes and non-EU Europe increased YOY by 8.8 per cent to 5,075 tonnes. Cargo into the European Union was down YOY by 3.1 per cent to 8,870 tonnes and to Africa it fell YOY by 1.9 per cent to 1,179 tonnes.

The airport said the strongest markets in July were emerging markets like China, Turkey and Brazil, which saw the the fastest cargo growth across the month.

In the first seven months of the year, Heathrow handled 981,690 tonnes, a 1.6 per cent uplift compared to the same seven months in 2017 and on a rolling 12-months basis freight is up 5.2 per cent to 1.71 million tonnes.

In July, Heathrow said it completed 65 visits to all longlisted sites bidding to help deliver the expanded airport and completed the 1st stage of its search for innovation partners. Receiving over 100 Expressions of Interest, this initiative sets out to encourage fresh thinking around how Heathrow delivers the expanded airport.