Heathrow Airport has released impressive figures for the first quarter of 2016.
Passenger numbers were up by 2.6% compared with the same period last year, which equates to 16.8 million using the airport during the first three months of the year.
What’s more, pre-tax profits soared by 21.1% to £23 million.
Speaking about the strong start to the year, John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s been a fantastic start to 2016 and Heathrow is performing strongly on all fronts. At a time of uncertainty about Britain’s place in the world, families and businesses are counting on the prime minister to secure Britain’s long term future.
The airport hopes that the figures will seal their bid for expansion over its rival, Gatwick. The Government is still yet to decide what airport will be expanded – Heathrow to a three runway airport or Gatwick to two runways. Originally the decision was expected at the end of last year, but now it is expected later this summer. MPs today have called for the Government to make their decision, citing that the South East is at near capacity and as a result is having a detrimental effect on the British economy.
Mr Holland-Kaye added, “An expanded Heathrow will be an economic powerhouse, a global symbol of a confident, outward looking Britain. Let’s make it happen.”