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Heathrow Airport has recorded its busiest November on record. The west London hub welcomed 5.72 million passengers last month, up 2.5% year-on-year.

The airport, which is the Government’s preferred location for boosting runway capacity in south-east England, said growth was driven by the use of larger aircraft such as Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787s.

Emerging markets performed strongly in terms of passenger numbers, with Mexico, China and the Middle East all up 8%. Heathrow also recorded a 4.4% boost in cargo volumes last month.

John Holland-Kaye, the airport’s chief executive, said: “With record passenger volumes and strong cargo growth in November, Heathrow is delivering for Britain’s economy.

“Since the Government’s backing of a third runway, we’ve put a team in place that will help us to deliver the benefits of expansion as quickly as possible – an affordable plan that creates more jobs, boosts exporters and builds an economy that is stronger and fairer for everyone – and we are looking forward to the publication of the Government’s National Policy Statement early next year.”

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