Heathrow Airport cargo tonnage flat in 2018

posted on 11th January 2019 by Justin Burns

Heathrow Airport handled 1.68 million tonnes of cargo in 2018 – a slight 0.1 per cent increase on figures in 2017.

The airport said this tonnage was the equivalent of 761 London Eyes, 88 Shard buildings or 32 QE2s.

North American cargo made up over 600,000 tonnes, Asia Pacific was second highest with more than 510,000 tonnes.​

In December alone, the UK hub saw 132,000 tonnes pass through, a fall of 3.6 per cent on the same month last year. The standout markets for cargo growth were Brazil, China and Turkey.

Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye said: “2018 has been an exceptional year for Heathrow, with record passenger numbers and service levels, and with MPs voting overwhelmingly in support of expansion.

“We are on track to deliver an expanded Heathrow in the early years of Brexit, which will keep Britain as one of the world’s great trading nations.”