London Heathrow has revealed it handled seven million passengers in September, the first month since February 2020 to exceed 2019 levels.
It reached the milestone just days before CEO John Holland-Kaye steps down from his role, after almost a decade.
He will hand over to Thomas Woldbye on 18 October.
“It has been a privilege to lead the very talented team which in less than a decade transformed Heathrow into a hub airport that the whole nation can be proud of,” he said.
“We have built a solid legacy for my successor: Heathrow is now a customer service business with a clear path to net zero by 2050 and a plan to grow and to connect all of Britain to global growth. “
The biggest leap in traffic in September was to the Asia Pacific, which was up almost 60% month on month, while domestic passengers were up 39%. Travel to the EU was up almost 16%, to non-EU European countries it rose20%, while Africa and North America were both up 21%.