BMI and BA merger helps figures rise at Heathrow Airport
THE merger of former Castle Donington airline BMI and British Airways has helped push up passenger numbers at Heathrow Airport.
International Airlines Group, which owns BA, bought BMI last year.
Since then, BMI's operations have been fully merged with BA's.
IAG bought BMI because it wanted its prime take-off and landing slots at Heathrow.
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Now the London airport has reported a record number of passengers during February.
It handled 4.85 million passengers, up by 1% on the same month a year earlier.
Heathrow said the merger contributed to a 1.8% increase in the average number of seats sold per aircraft to 198.4.
Chief executive Colin Matthews said: "The figures reflect larger, fuller aircraft being used at Heathrow, not the addition of new routes to emerging economies, which are so vital to UK trade, jobs and economic growth."