Heathrow Airport saw 7 million passengers travel through the hub in September, the first month since February 2020 to exceed 2019 traffic levels.

Terminal passenger levels were 22.4 percent higher than the previous September while aircraft movements were up 18 percent to 39,193. After nearly a decade as Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye will hand over to Thomas Woldbye on 18 October.

Holland-Kaye said: “It has been a privilege to lead the very talented team which in less than a decade transformed Heathrow into a hub airport that the whole nation can be proud of. We have built a solid legacy for my successor:  Heathrow is now a customer service business with a clear path to net zero by 2050 and a plan to grow and to connect all of Britain to global growth.”

Figures released by Manchester Airport showed more than 2.8 million passengers used the airport last month – up from 2.5 million in September 2022 and 96 percent of 2019’s pre-pandemic level. The most popular single destination was Palma de Mallorca, with 110,000 passengers heading to the Balearic island, while the most popular country was Turkey.

Chris Woodroofe, managing director of Manchester Airport, said: "We’re here to serve the people of the North – getting them to the places they want to go with a route network unrivalled by any airport outside London. In September we saw our passengers taking advantage of that by seeking out sunshine outside the peak holiday season."

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