London Heathrow was Europe’s busiest hub over the summer, but outlook for demand remains uncertain

London Heathrow Airport issued this statement:

  • Close to 5.8 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in September, 15% below 2019 levels. The airport recorded the busiest summer out of any European hub airport.
  • Passenger service levels, which had been higher than any European hub between January and June, dipped at the beginning of July as passenger demand started to exceed overall capacity of the aviation ecosystem, but improved significantly after we introduced a departing passenger cap, which successfully kept supply and demand in balance.  As a result, the vast majority of passengers travelling through Heathrow this summer had a very good experience.
  • Demand outlook remains uncertain, with growing economic headwinds, a new wave of Covid and the escalating situation in Ukraine. However we expect peak days at Christmas to be very busy. Resource levels across the airport, airlines and their ground handlers have been increasing and we can now remove the cap at the end of the month. We are working with our airline partners to develop a more targeted mechanism, which protects passenger service during peak periods.
  • Our focus over the next 12 months is to get capacity, service levels and resilience back to the high levels that they were before the pandemic. This relies on having a regulatory settlement that provides enough cash flow to invest in our operations and capital projects, and to maintain an investment grade credit rating.
  • We welcome the ICAO Assembly’s landmark commitment to target net zero carbon emissions for international aviation by 2050. We have been working hard to build support for this and to ensure that the government policies are in place to support the rapid increase in production and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

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Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: 

“Heathrow has grown more in the past 12 months than any airport in Europe and we’ve delivered a great passenger experience to the vast majority of travellers. I’m proud of the way our team has worked with airlines and their ground handlers to get 18 million passengers successfully away this summer. While we face many economic headwinds, as well as the legacy of Covid, our aim is to get back to full capacity and the world class service people should expect from the UK’s hub airport as soon as possible.”

 

Terminal Passengers
(000s)
 Sep 2022 % Change Jan to
Sep 2022
% Change Oct 2021 to
Sep 2022
% Change
Market            
UK              257 24.5            2,378 128.6            3,106 138.6
EU            2,087 78.0          15,574 285.0          18,787 258.9
Non-EU Europe              370 89.9            3,239 296.1            3,958 270.1
Africa              245 201.5            2,043 236.6            2,476 192.2
North America            1,510 279.5          11,070 658.9          12,949 637.4
Latin America              142 226.1            1,240 553.3            1,463 436.3
Middle East              616 132.6            5,003 383.2            6,268 324.5
Asia / Pacific              553 164.0            3,657 277.7            4,428 230.4
Total            5,780 124.8          44,204 335.0          53,435 301.8
Air Transport Movements  Sep 2022 % Change Jan to
Sep 2022
% Change Oct 2021 to
Sep 2022
% Change
Market            
UK            1,931 11.4          19,430 79.3          25,807 83.7
EU          15,198 52.9        121,239 186.9        151,536 162.8
Non-EU Europe            2,771 71.3          24,382 203.6          30,784 180.7
Africa            1,026 62.9            9,856 84.1          12,389 66.5
North America            6,881 108.2          54,124 141.7          66,502 127.1
Latin America              596 81.2            5,540 211.8            6,920 169.9
Middle East            2,240 37.3          18,712 64.8          24,403 57.5
Asia / Pacific            2,559 24.2          20,293 28.0          27,401 23.6
Total          33,202 56.3        273,576 132.1        345,742 116.6
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
 Sep 2022 % Change Jan to
Sep 2022
% Change Oct 2021 to
Sep 2022
% Change
Market            
UK                  5 -75.6              101 -45.6              136 -33.8
EU            7,530 -22.2          76,892 -15.1        107,528 -7.2
Non-EU Europe            3,169 -41.3          28,753 -42.1          46,689 -30.8
Africa            5,492 7.9          61,270 9.1          82,714 3.6
North America          44,744 12.9        399,897 16.7        538,917 21.7
Latin America            3,849 69.2          30,800 96.8          38,643 47.7
Middle East          20,741 5.5        174,287 4.6        236,312 5.2
Asia / Pacific          24,569 -29.0        239,891 -16.3        355,613 -7.1
Total        110,098 -5.4     1,011,889 0.4     1,406,551 5.0

 

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