Heathrow climbs to world’s 4th busiest airport

Strong demand for US flights helped propel Heathrow Airport up the global league table last month, as it became the fourth busiest airport in the world.

Nearly 7 million passengers travelled through the London hub during October, an increase of 18.1% on the same month last year.

Transatlantic demand was a key driver of the growth, with 1.8 million passengers on North American routes representing a 17.7% year-on-year increase.

European Union countries represented the biggest overall regional market with 2.3 million passengers across the month, up 14.7%.

A total of 2.2 million passengers passed through Heathrow during the October half-term, with the most popular destinations being New York, Los Angeles and Dubai.

And after reopening its borders, Hong Kong became the airport’s 12th route to surpass 1 million passengers for the year, joining Doha, New York JFK and Delhi among other top destinations.

For travellers planning a winter getaway, 11 new routes are launching at Heathrow, including the UK’s only direct connection to Peru. The airport now serves 239 destinations in 89 countries.

New chief executive Thomas Woldbye took over from long-time chief John Holland-Kaye last month after previously serving as CEO of Copenhagen Airport for more than 12 years.

“We look forward to welcoming passengers from across the world over the upcoming festive season with a friendly face to lend a helping hand,” Woldbye said.