Heathrow passengers up 2.2% last year compared to 2014; ATMs up 0.3%; air cargo down 0.2%

Nearly 75 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in 2015, an increase of 2.2% on 2014 and the airport’s highest ever number of annual passengers.The number of flights (air transport movements) was up 0.3% on 2014. The number of seats per aircraft increased by 2.1% to 209, and passengers per aircraft rose to 1.9% to 160. But the average load factor remained constant at 76.5%. (For 2013, Heathrow said its average load factor was 76.4%, and average number of passengers per aircraft was 154.8).  At the end of 2015, over 20 daily A380 departures and arrivals were operated by eight airlines  “Heathrow continued to play a leading role in helping Britain’s exports reach global markets, with the UK’s largest port by value recording cargo volumes of 1.5 million metric tonnes for the year.”  That is Heathrow’s way of saying the cargo tonnage fell by 0.2% in 2015 compared with 2014. Heathrow says “emerging markets continued to be a driver of traffic growth at Heathrow”, with passenger volumes up 8% to Latin America and 6% to the Middle East. They also say passenger volumes during 2015 were up 14% to China. That’s confusing, as the increase in passengers to the “Asia/Pacific” area, which includes China, only rose by 0.3% for the year. Heathrow itself admits it has terminal capacity for 90 million passengers, so at 75 million, it is not “full”. The Airports Commission said that would not happen till 2030.
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Heathrow’s press release with its 2015 figures is at 

http://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/Corporate-operational-24/5492


 

`Full’ Heathrow Adds 1.6 Million Passengers Aided by Bigger Jets

By Kari Lundgren (Bloomberg Business)
January 11, 2016

– Europe’s biggest hub boosts tally 2.2% to almost 75 million
– Planes using crowded London airport now average 209 seats

London’s Heathrow Airport, which has operated close to the capacity of its two runways since the start of the decade, boosted passenger numbers to just short of 75 million last year as airlines deployed bigger jets to beat the cap on flights.

Europe’s busiest hub added 1.6 million passengers, a 2.2 percent gain, even as plane movements increased just 0.3 percent, it said in a statement Monday. By the year’s end, more than 20 Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos were landing every day, helping to lift the average number of seats per flight to 209.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has delayed a decision on whether to allow the construction of a third runway at Heathrow until after London’s mayoral election later this year. The airport says it needs a new strip to lift passenger numbers above 135 million by 2050, while opponents say the 18 billion-pound ($26 billion) plan is too costly and will increase noise in a heavily urban area.

Flights to the Persian Gulf states — home to some of the world’s largest international carriers — as well as emerging markets were among the main drivers of growth in 2015, Heathrow said. Passenger volumes rose 14 percent on routes to China and 8 percent to Latin America. The airport handled 1.5 million metric tons of cargo.

Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said in the statement that Heathrow’s expansion plan will make Britain “the best connected country in the world.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-11/-full-heathrow-adds-1-6-million-passengers-aided-by-bigger-jets

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The Airports Commission said:

“The current terminals have capacity for 90 million passengers per annum, which will thus be constrained by 2030, although there are long-term investment plans in place to increase this to provide sufficient capacity to support up to 95 million passengers.”

page 24 of Business Case and Sustainability Assessment – Heathrow Airport Northwest Runway https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440315/business-case-and-sustainability-assessment.pdf   in July 2015

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The opening of Terminal 5 in 2008 has relieved some pressure on terminal facilities, increasing the airport’s terminal capacity to 90 million passengers per year.


See earlier

Heathrow claims “larger, fuller, quieter” planes – but load factor still just 70 – 76%

Heathrow says it had its busiest ever January with 5.45 million passengers travelling through the airport’s terminals. But the figures mask a decline in the number of flight movements and planes are still flying on average one third empty. There were about 37,130 air transport movements (commercial flights) using Heathrow in January, compared to 4 earlier years when there were over 39,000 flights. The reason why Heathrow can increase its number of passengers, with fewer flights is having more passengers per flight.  Heathrow’s own figures show a lower number of flights at the airport contrasts with its claims that lack of hub capacity is “a ticking time bomb”.  While the central premise of the airport’s drive for expansion has been its claim that it is 98% full, aircraft movements actually fell by 0.8% last month compared to January 2014. Details of Passengers by Market show growth in numbers of passengers to and from emerging economies. However, overall the load factor (the % of the seats in the plane are used) are far lower at Heathrow than many other UK airports, with 70.1% in January. Over recent months, the load factor was 71.3% in November, and about 76% in October and December 2014.  It was 76.4% for the full year 2013 and 75% in 2012.  Heathrow will say, if there is a fall in numbers, that this means it is losing ground to other hubs, and if they rise, it reinforces their case for new hub capacity.

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2015/02/heathrow-claims-larger-fuller-quieter-planes-but-load-factor-still-just-70-76/

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Data from Heathrow statistics at

http://www.heathrowairport.com/about-us/investor-centre/results-and-performance/traffic-statistics

Month and year  Total Passengers Air Transport Movements – Passenger and Cargo Cargo Volume (Metric Tonnes)
January 2005 – December 2015 January 2005 – December  2015
Month Heathrow Heathrow Heathrow
January 2005 5,141,123 39,139 98,781
February 2005 4,753,591 35,723 99,555
March 2005 5,708,627 39,634 109,388
April 2005 5,573,022 39,096 108,058
May 2005 5,636,621 40,432 110,613
June 2005 6,000,208 39,640 109,861
July 2005 6,456,943 41,049 110,844
August 2005 6,120,139 40,260 103,194
September 2005 6,042,020 39,928 109,000
October 2005 5,713,074 40,597 124,648
November 2005 5,208,222 38,468 111,801
December 2005 5,332,860 38,020 110,233
January 2006 5,112,718 39,431 101,573
February 2006 4,734,688 36,109 100,281
March 2006 5,491,143 39,924 115,062
April 2006 5,811,931 38,705 102,026
May 2006 5,716,741 40,617 105,445
June 2006 6,122,230 39,801 107,263
July 2006 6,533,091 40,996 107,589
August 2006 5,987,755 39,611 101,564
September 2006 5,896,743 39,781 106,925
October 2006 5,630,492 40,429 111,120
November 2006 5,099,094 38,556 109,453
December 2006 5,206,233 36,826 96,112
All 2006 1,263,129
January 2007 5,013,163 39,136 95,644
February 2007 4,641,466 36,063 98,403
March 2007 5,646,977 40,181 112,257
April 2007 5,667,573 39,219 104,441
May 2007 5,610,629 40,621 111,613
June 2007 6,014,542 39,959 111,857
July 2007 6,419,432 41,065 111,874
August 2007 6,378,156 41,525 109,516
September 2007 6,022,156 40,108 114,624
October 2007 5,844,064 40,890 114,662
November 2007 5,221,947 38,983 116,456
December 2007 5,374,953 37,963 112,298
All of 2007 1,310,987
January 2008 4,957,887 38,739 105,475
February 2008 4,828,048 37,310 110,919
March 2008 5,612,269 39,313 119,265
April 2008 5,467,910 39,312 120,950
May 2008 5,645,161 40,824 123,862
June 2008 5,958,635 40,195 120,964
July 2008 6,417,660 41,515 123,996
August 2008 6,365,717 40,858 120,285
September 2008 5,802,706 39,846 117,521
October 2008 5,630,399 40,409 119,501
November 2008 4,971,829 37,737 117,621
December 2008 5,251,674 37,081 100,210
All of 2008 1,397,054
January 2009 4,853,191 37,928 92,580
February 2009 4,370,846 34,356 91,046
March 2009 5,193,571 39,968 102,963
April 2009 5,612,596 38,728 93,171
May 2009 5,424,789 39,646 100,045
June 2009 5,775,828 39,230 103,403
July 2009 6,477,476 40,262 109,254
August 2009 6,383,692 39,621 111,324
September 2009 5,783,611 37,869 110,244
October 2009 5,687,438 38,452 120,618
November 2009 5,028,739 37,045 123,439
December 2009 5,316,129 36,921 120,209
All of 2009 1,277,650
January 2010 4,830,092 36,128 106,299
February 2010 4,600,406 35,061 113,021
March 2010 5,211,877 37,363 133,399
April 2010 4,446,530 31,098 100,477
May 2010 5,255,772 37,899 136,165
June 2010 5,783,051 37,989 127,574
July 2010 6,705,882 41,438 130,094
August 2010 6,542,496 41,016 127,200
September 2010 6,221,219 40,002 123,680
October 2010 6,097,490 40,741 138,301
November 2010 5,243,163 38,004 127,961
December 2010 4,809,195 32,481 108,913
All 2010  65,745,250 449,271  1,472,988
January 2011 5,052,726 39,349 116,176
February 2011 4,621,717 36,243 118,325
March 2011 5,331,451 40,159 130,909
April 2011 5,848,560 39,399 121,689
May 2011 5,865,558 40,768 128,083
June 2011 6,146,986 39,963 125,718
July 2011 6,872,514 41,596 128,103
August 2011 6,585,442 41,168 120,942
September 2011 6,310,903 40,528 119,097
October 2011 6,019,465 40,955 128,305
November 2011 5,218,862 37,943 122,769
December 2011 5,517,264 38,126 124,371
All 2011 69,390,628  476,304 1,484,351
January 2012 5,169,518 39,073 112,324
February 2012 4,798,785 36,834 115,920
March 2012 5,697,132 39,890 130,860
April 2012 5,849,171 38,948 118,686
May 2012 5,831,840 40,734 123,172
June 2012 6,245,553 39,685 125,013
July 2012 6,569,647 41,127 126,512
August 2012 6,459,119 41,046 121,469
September 2012 6,345,935 39,616 121,135
October 2012 6,011,761 39,638 125,367
November 2012 5,381,138 37,305 124,057
December 2012 5,625,269 37,445 120,035
All 2012  69,983,174  471,382 1,464,390
January 2013 5,184,924 36,872 106,425
February 2013 4,848,548 35,281 110,948
March 2013 5,921,068 39,413 127,862
April 2013 5,806,681 38,677 115,175
May 2013 6,105,232 40,460 117,849
June 2013 6,531,933 40,013 119,786
July 2013 6,930,334 41,323 118,962
August 2013 6,959,544 41,413 114,225
September 2013 6,559,112 40,308 115,547
October 2013 6,289,291 40,884 124,099
November 2013 5,411,354 38,330 133,376
December 2013 5,784,898 36,578 118,759
All 2013 72,332,160  469,578 1,422,939
January 2014 5,383,877 37,443 112,093
February 2014 4,898,467 35,256 109,803
March 2014 5,753,321 39,470 132,989
April 2014 6,193,738 38,684 120,194
May 2014 6,236,718 41,211 125,982
June 2014 6,600,652 40,320 125,407
July 2014 6,965,356 41,499 128,206
August 2014 7,051,073 41,223 122,831
September 2014 6,577,692 39,837 124,570
October 2014 6,315,187 40,684 134,453
November 2014 5,473,031 37,771 136,419
December 2014 5,925,713 37,297 126,134
All 2014 73,371,106 470,710 1,498,906
Month and year  Total Passengers Air Transport Movements – Passenger and Cargo Cargo Volume (Metric Tonnes)

Murad Qureshi on how Heathrow is expanding passenger numbers, but BAA don’t want Londoners to know it

In his blog, Murad Qureshi (Chair of the Environment Committee, of the London Assembly) writes that after a week of BAA propaganda last week in the pages of the Evening Standard you would be forgiven for thinking that Heathrow is not expanding – but it is!  It may not be by the number of flights coming in and out of Heathrow but it certainly is by passenger numbers.  The A380s have around 500 passengers each. At present Heathrow turns over 69 million passengers annually and once the redevelopment and construction of the five terminals are complete,  it will be able to cope with 90 million passengers a year.  This capacity is not something we hear about often but the fact is that Heathrow will be able to deal an extra  20 million  passengers annually!  This point is made well by AirportWatch yesterday in a letter to the Financial Times. 

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2012/05/murad-heathrow/

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Richmond Heathrow Campaign say Heathrow does not need to be expanded to better service more passengers, and to more destinations

The Richmond Heathrow Campaign have made a submission to the Airports Commission on making best short and medium term use of Heathrow. Increasing the seating capacity of the air fleet using Heathrow would facilitate full use of Heathrow’s terminal capacity of 90 million passengers a year (current use is around 70 million). They say Heathrow can be improved, and the amount of aircraft noise caused by Heathrow flights reduced, if there is a (1). More even distribution of aircraft movements across each hour of the day to avoid disruption and delay in peak hours and to end night flights.   (2). Increase the seating capacity of the Heathrow air fleet (i.e. more larger aircraft and fewer small aircraft), in order to increase the number of passengers per aircraft movement within the 480,000 movements limit operating in unbroken segregated mode.  (3). Reverse the strategy of attracting ever more transfer passengers to Heathrow, in order to free up terminal and aircraft capacity for more terminating passengers within the legal limit of 480,000 movements limit operating in unbroken segregated mode.  The Campaign says reducing 20 million transfers a year would free up runway capacity in whole or in part for around 140,000 flights a year from over-subscribed destinations to new destinations. There is a similar improvement as loads are increased from 149 to 187 passengers per flight.

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/2013/06/rhc-heathrow-numbers/