Heathrow and London Luton Airports Surpass Record For November Passenger Numbers

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    Both London Luton and Heathrow airports were able to record their highest ever number of November passengers last month. This comes as more travellers flew to and from the capital.

    According to the new figures that were released by the airport today, for the first time, the number of passengers who are travelling through Heathrow last November exceeded 6 million,

    The London hub revealed that the number of passengers who are travelling to and from North America increased by 5.8 percent to 1.3 million as various airlines introduced more competitive pricing.

    New routes to Africa meant that the continent saw the largest increase in percentage, however, increasing by 10.2 percent to 298,000 passengers as Heathrow launched new routes to the Seychelles, Durban, and Marrakech.

    However, the number of travellers on UK domestic flights dropped by 7.5 percent to 381,000.

    London Luton airport also recorded record numbers of passengers for last month, as people who are travelling through the airport last November exceeded 1 million for the first time, nearly 12 percent up on the same month last year.

    The LLA said that it is now preparing for its “busiest ever Christmas period.”

    Recent numbers from the flight intelligence service, OAG, disclosed that the airport will be the fifth busiest in the United Kingdom over the festive period.

    Heathrow was ranked the highest, with over 5,500 flights arriving and departing between the 21st and the 25th of December.

    Last week, Heathrow revealed its plans for “carbon neutral growth.” It outlined the ways on how it will offset carbon emissions from the increase in the number of flights once its controversial third runway is built.

    Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, stated: “Record numbers of passengers are choosing to use Heathrow because we offer outstanding service and better value for our passengers. But growth must be sustainable, and our blueprint for carbon neutral growth is an important step towards our ultimate goal of zero carbon aviation.”

    While the number of passengers who are travelling through Heathrow continues to increase, the airports in Asia, Dubai, and America have expanded at a faster rate.

    As recently as 2014, the London airport was considered as the third busiest in the world for international traffic, however, it has since dropped to seventh place.