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Heathrow Airport crams more flyers onto bigger jets

epa05798076 (FILE) - A file phoptograph showing a British Airways airplane landing at Heathrow airport in London, Britain, 25 October 2016. The British London Metropolitan Police reported that Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) detectives have arrested a man following his arrival at London Heathrow Airport on the afternoon of 16 February 207. The 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts (contrary section 5 Terrorism Act 2006). He has been taken into custody, under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), at a west London police station where he remains at this time. Enquiries by detectives continue.  EPA/HANNAH MCKAY


London’s Heathrow airport, which has operated its two runways close to capacity since the start of the decade, managed to squeeze in 2.3 million more passengers last year as airlines deployed bigger planes and carried more people per flight.
The traveller tally at the home base of British Airways increased 3.1 percent to 78 million even as the number of aircraft movements rose just 0.2 percent, Heathrow Airport Ltd. said in
a statement.
The passenger surge shows Heathrow is finding ways of accommodating more customers as it awaits construction of a 16 billion-pound ($20 billion) third runway that could lift annual capacity to 135 million flyers. Backed by the government in 2016, the new strip still faces a number of hurdles and isn’t due to open until the middle of the next decade.
As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, Heathrow Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye said the record customer tally shows the airport is “helping to strengthen the British economy as the country seeks to redefine its role in the world.”
The hub’s fastest-growing passenger markets were the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, though Europe and North America accounted for the
most people. It also reported a
10 percent surge in cargo volumes to 1.7 million metric tons, led by growth from the US and East Asia.

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