Wednesday 15 May 2019
The new Heathrow service has only been in operation for just over a month. Whilst it is early days, the initial performance looks very promising with 2,837 passenger movement recorded for April, the first full month of operation.
This is in line with expectations for the initial months of the service, and has helped to deliver a 10% (2,909) increase in passenger movements for all London routes (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead) when compared to April 2018. Discussions have already commenced with Flybe regarding the continuation of the Heathrow service for the winter 2019/2020 season.
In total there were 3,193 (+5.0%) more air passenger movements through the airport on all routes in the month of April 2019 compared to April 2018.
The new Heathrow service's total passenger movements of 2,900since the start of the service (31st March - April 30th), has also contributed to an overall increase in totalpassenger movements through the airport so far this year of 7,572 (+3.4%) to 230,007. Year to date UK passenger movements are up by 6,449(3.6%), and all London routes are up by 4,372 passenger movements (+4.1%), with the Gatwick route up by +2%.
We are now seeing the new Southend, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Newquay, and Groningen services starting to commence, with additional services also commencing on the Jersey and Southampton routes, and therefore we expect the positive performance seen so far this year to continue.