Heathrow benefits from BMI merger
THE merger of former Castle Donington airline BMI and British Airways has helped push up passenger numbers at Heathrow Airport.
Last year, International Airlines Group, which owns BA, bought BMI, which was based at Donington Hall.
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.
Now, the airport has reported a record number of passengers during February.
Last month it handled 4.85 million passengers, up by 1% on the same month last year.
Heathrow said the merger of BA and BMI contributed to a 1.8% increase in the average number of seats per aircraft to 198.4 seats and a 2.4% increase in load factor to 69.6%.
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.”