Heathrow sees low cargo figures in May

Eurozone crisis is largely responsible for low traffic

3.5 per cent Asia British Airports Authority cargo traffic Colin Matthews emerging markets Heathrow South America

The British Airports Authority (BAA) has released passenger and cargo traffic figures that show considerable drops largely due to the European economic woes. Cargo traffic declined by around 3.5 per cent at Heathrow in May 2012 in comparison to May 2011. BAA chief Colin Matthews said in a statement that cargo numbers were a “sharp” drop and blamed the Eurozone crisis for the poor showing. He also said that Britain needed to expand aviation links with emerging markets in Asia and South America but it would be a difficult task because Heathrow was “already full”.