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‘Full’ Heathrow Extends European Hub Lead as Terror Hurts Rivals

  • London airport outpaces Paris CDG even with runways at limit
  • Amsterdam Schiphol trumps Istanbul Ataturk after growth surge
Passengers make their way in to terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

London’s Heathrow airport, which has operated close to the capacity of its two runways since the start of the decade, eked out a further 700,000 passengers to extend its lead as Europe’s top travel hub in 2016 as growth in Paris stuttered and Istanbul and Frankfurt fell back.

Heathrow’s traveler tally increased 1 percent to 75.7 million, while aircraft movements gained just 0.2 percent, suggesting that a trend toward the use of bigger jets at the airport, the main base for British Airways, continued last year as airlines sought to deploy more seats per flight.