Heathrow airfreight up 7.8 per cent

AIR cargo traffic grew 7.8 per cent at Heathrow Airport in July, writes Thelma Etim, deputy editor.
Popular routes, such as Mexico, Russia and China contributed to the increase during the summer month, says a company statement. 
China’s performance is likely to strengthen further in the forthcoming months, with Air China set to double its service to Beijing from October, to 51 departures from Heathrow per week, it adds.
 “The doubling of Air China’s routes to Beijing represents a vote of confidence. It’s also recognition that despite other UK airports having spare capacity, only Heathrow can deliver daily, direct flights to emerging economies that will help Britain win in the global race for growth. Gatwick can’t, Heathrow can,” argues Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye.
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