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Cargo throughput rises at London Heathrow, Gatwick in January


London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports both got off to a flying start this year, after the rival airports recorded cargo tonnage throughput growth in January.
London Heathrow handled a record 124,401 tonnes of cargo, up 4.4 per cent compared to January 2016. Over the 12-month period between February 2016 and January 2017, cargo tonnage rose by 3.1 per cent year on year to 1.55 million tonnes.
It's a time of challenge but opportunity for Heathrow. It has received permission from the British government to build a new runway for which the government has just put forward a National Policy Statement, which is subject to public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny. However, the airport is also having to cope with any possible impact caused by Brexit negotiations, reported London's Air Cargo News.
Heathrow's chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, was quoted as saying: "We are getting on with our expansion programme, so that we can create the new routes that will deliver the prime minister's vision of a global Britain, as quickly as possible.
"The launch of the government's National Policy Statement consultation is a key milestone and we look forward to working with our local communities, airlines and the government to ensure Heathrow expansion is affordable, sustainable and benefits all of Britain."
Meanwhile, Gatwick's cargo traffic in January grew by 15.4 per cent to 6,035 tonnes owing to the launch of new long-haul services, including North Atlantic routes, with additions to Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. New services to Xi'an, Oakland and Fort Lauderdale are due to be launched later this year.

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