Heathrow airport has reported a ‘stellar’ start to 2019, seeing passenger numbers increase 2.1 per cent year on year – its 27th consecutive ‘record month’.

The London hub saw 5.9 million passengers travel though its halls last month, partially boosted by people returning home from their winter holidays.

Africa and east Asia proved to be the airport’s best-performing regions, up 9.7 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively. Morocco traffic grew 40 per cent, Ethiopia 27 per cent, China 27 per cent, Nigeria 13 per cent and South Africa 12 per cent.

In addition, more than 130,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow.

The latest figures come after Heathrow reported a record year in 2018, with 80 million passengers travelling through the airport.

Heathrow also launched the latest phase of consultations for its expansion plans in January, which is asking for public feedback on its Airspace and Future Operations scheme when its third runway opens.

CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “2019 is off to a stellar start, with more passengers choosing to use Heathrow because of our improved service and lower costs.”


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