Passenger traffic at London Heathrow Airport 2002-2019

This statistic represents passenger traffic at London Heathrow Airport from 2002 through 2019. In 2019, London Heathrow Airport handled approximately 80.9 million passengers, up from 63 million in 2002.

Passenger traffic at London Heathrow Airport

As well as being the most populous city in the European Union, London is also one of Europe’s major commercial hubs and has the largest city airspace in the world. There are eight airports serving the London area, including Gatwick (IATA: LGW), Stansted (IATA: STN) and Heathrow (IATA: LHR). London Heathrow Airport is the largest airport in the United Kingdom and the seventh busiest in the world, handling 80.9 million passengers annually. In 2019, around 100 million passengers boarded or left the planes at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA: PEK) in China, while the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL) handled some 110.5 million passengers in the same year.

After the reopening of Terminal 2 (the Queen's Terminal) on June 4, 2014, Heathrow is back to operating five terminals. Terminal 5, which was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008, resulted in construction costs of some 5.6 billion euros (or about 4.7 billion British pounds), making it one of the most expensive airport restructuring projects worldwide. The airport is owned and operated by Heathrow Airport Holdings, which itself is owned by Spanish construction contractor Ferrovial (one of the largest European construction companies). In 2018, Heathrow Airport Holdings generated total revenue of around three billion British pounds.

Passenger traffic at London Heathrow Airport between 2002 and 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2002 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures prior to 2018 were taken from previous reports.

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