Heathrow ‘risks falling further behind’ European rivals

Heathrow ‘risks falling further behind’ European rivals

Heathrow faces falling further behind Europe rivals without being allowed to expand soon.

The warning came as the London hub handled a record 5.4 million passengers in February – up 2.4% year-on-year.

Emerging markets were a key source of growth with South Asia up 12.7% and Latin America up 6.5%, boosted by airlines flying larger, fuller aircraft to Heathrow

Domestic routes also grew strongly in February, up 3.6% as regional airline Flybe carried an extra 17,000 passengers on routes to Scotland in the month.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Today’s figures show that Heathrow is filling up fast – if we don’t act soon to expand our nation’s global gateway, the UK will only fall further behind our European rivals.

“A prosperous, global-trading Britain needs an expanded Heathrow now.”

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