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London Heathrow’s Dec traffic up 2%


Airport handled 70 million passengers in 2012

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London's Heathrow airport handled 70 million passengers in 2012, with traffic rising 2 percent in December, Heathrow Ltd (formerly as BAA) said on Monday.

Heathrow's passenger numbers to China rose 23.2 percent on an annualised basis followed by Brazil 21.6 percent.

The total 2012 figure of 70 million implied that passenger traffic for the full year rose 0.9 percent compared to a year earlier. Heathrow Ltd attributed this to a 3.2 percent increase in North Atlantic traffic. However, cargo handling was down 1.3 percent for 2012.

The total number of passengers using the airport in December came in at 5.6 million.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow Ltd, said "The figures for 2012 show Heathrow is delivering higher passenger numbers despite a tough economic climate. Over the next 12 months we will continue to improve the passenger experience and focus on our investment programme."

Heathrow's load factor – an indication of how full the average flight was – climbed up to a record of 75.6 percent from 75.2 percent in 2012, the operator said.

The airport is due to complete the reconstruction of Terminal 2 in 2014, which will increase the number of passengers it can handle. However, the number of flights will not increase.

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