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The boss of Heathrow today called for the airport to win the race for expansion as 6.14 million passengers used the airport in April.
Chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: "Expanding Heathrow delivers exactly what the UK economy needs - creating up to 180,000 new jobs and £211 billion of economic benefit right across the country, growing exports by increasing trade routes to fast-growing markets, rebalancing growth across the whole of the UK.
“Heathrow expansion isn't about a runway, it's about the future we want for Britain.
“Let's be ambitious about our place in the world, let's keep Britain at the heart of the global economy and let's get on with expanding Heathrow."
Combined March and April passenger growth stood at 1.2%, taking into account the impact of an earlier Easter holiday travel period this year.
Passenger volumes for emerging markets were particularly strong to Mexico, which was up 13.1%; China up 16% and the Middle East & Central Asia up 3.1%.
North America continued to see growth with volumes increasing 1.5%.
Heathrow continued to welcome an increasing number of the transfer passengers that make such long-haul routes viable, with combined March and April year-on-year volumes up 1.8%
Members of business group London First backed expansion of Heathrow last month.
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