Heathrow saw its busiest ever March with a record 5.95 million passengers travelling through the UK’s hub, an increase of 3.4% on March 2014 as the airport benefitted from an earlier Easter travel rush.
Larger, fuller, quieter aircraft at Heathrow continued to be a driver for passenger growth. Seats per aircraft increased 1.6% to 206.4, while load factors increased 1.6 percentage points to 73.3%. Passengers per aircraft rose 3.2% to 151.3.
Within emerging markets, passenger volumes were particularly strong to Mexico which was up 26.5%, China up 20.2% and the Middle East & Central Asia up 7.6%. North American segments continued their robust performance with volumes increasing 6.0%
The number of transfer passengers rose 4.3% year-on-year.
Vietnam Airlines also celebrated its inaugural flight to Heathrow on the 31st March.