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HEATHROW AIR­PORT has re­ported its busiest ever first half of the year with 38.1 mil­lion pas­sen­gers pass­ing through the air­port up to the end of June. It is a boost of 2.5% year on year, with growth across all mar­kets.

Four new con­nec­tions to China in 2018 helped trade through the air­port grow 2.2%. As traf­fic grows, pas­sen­gers are also spend­ing more in Heathrow's re­tail out­lets, with growth 4.8% higher, push­ing rev­enues up 2.3% to £1,405 mil­lion.

Nearly £1 bil­lion in global fi­nanc­ing has been raised in 2018 to in­vest in the air­port and af­ter nearly £6mil­lion of in­vest­ment, Heathrow has also in­stalled sus­tain­able trans­port op­tions pro­vid­ing the air­port with the dens­est elec­tri­cal charg­ing net­work in Europe.

The re­sults fol­low the news of gov­ern­ment sup­port for run­way ex­pan­sion at the air­port, hailed as an "his­toric mo­ment" by min­is­ters.

Heathrow is now re­view­ing over 100 ideas from UK busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs to help de­liver the project more in­no­va­tively, sus­tain­ably and af­ford­ably.

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