In a comparison, 2013 saw -0.4% passengers through its doors than 2012. But this number definitely shot up in 2014. We would definitely have to wait till 31st December for an exact figure. But the Christmas Getaway is going to see 5 million passengers. 698,000 flew through Heathrow in 7 days preceding the eve followed by 116,700 passenger on 19th December.
On the day of Christmas Eve, more than 100,000 travelers are flying through Heathrow. 16,677 passengers from this number will be flying just before the Queen addresses to the nation.
Christmas festivities at the Airport include Carol Singers, some of the kids’ favorite winter characters and Santa with his elves sharing the joy of Christmas and giving candy.
According to the chief operating officer of Heathrow Airport, “Heathrow is proud to help take passengers further on their journey around the world for the festive season. This is such a busy and exciting time at the airport and the visualization captures the service we provide for the world.”
There is an expansion proposal for Heathrow Airport to build a new runway. The passenger rate is estimated to increase further more so a new runway is required to accommodate them. But there are a few hinges in this too. Environmental pollution concerns and the competition with the Gatwick’s expansion plans are on the top. A competition is going on between these airports to get the decision in their favor. They are spending millions of ££ on advertisements and PR campaigns. But these immensely funded campaigns are being regarded as “Unfair Influence” by Sir Howard Davies; the head of the Airports Commission.
Apart from all this, the festivities of Christmas are booming but there also is warning of extreme weather. So be prepared for that and make all your arrangements accordingly. Make secure car parking reservations at Heathrow airport along with your travel plans. So, you need not bother about anything at all on your holiday. Merry Christmas!!!