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Heathrow sets passenger traffic record

Heathrow Terminal 2 first flight

Heathrow set a new record for passenger numbers in December, with 6.2 million people passing through the airport.

The figures were helped by strong growth to emerging markets in the Middle East (+16.9%), Asia (+3.2%) and North America (+2.1%).

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Heathrow celebrated 70 years as the country’s front door in 2016 and I’m proud that we were able to end this year on such a high note.

“Whether it was welcoming back a triumphant Team GB from Rio or giving that special Heathrow service to a record number of passengers, increasing Britain’s trade with the rest of the world or securing Government support for expansion – Heathrow is Britain’s airport and we will continue to help all of our country thrive for decades to come.”

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