Record number of passengers through Heathrow in August

Last month was the busiest August ever for London Heathrow Airport, new figures show.

More than six million passengers (6.6) flew to or from Heathrow in August, up 0.7 per cent on last year. In total 82.2 per cent of all plane seats were filled on all Heathrow flights.

Destinations such as Canada and the USA were the best performing markets for Heathrow, where 71,000 more flights were made compared to August last year. Interestingly, BAA, which manages the airport estimates that the recent travel disruption caused by Hurricane Irene meant that 40,000 fewer passengers travelled through Heathrow.

Flights to Montreal in Canada increased by 50 per cent in August over a year ago, while flights to Detroit, USA, were up by 41.9 per cent for the same period. US airline Delta started flying direct to Detroit from London Heathrow this summer.