Britain's Heathrow sets new record with 76 million passengers in 2016

Britain's Heathrow Airport, Europe's busiest air travel hub, on Wednesday reported a new record of 76 million passengers last year, up 1 per cent from 2015.

The world's sixth-busiest airport said it also handled 1.5 million tons of cargo in 2016, a rise of 3 per cent.

"Heathrow celebrated 70 years as the country's front door in 2016 and I'm proud that we were able to end this year on such a high note," said John Holland-Kaye, the airport's chief executive.

"Whether it was welcoming back a triumphant [Olympic] Team GB from Rio or giving that special Heathrow service to a record number of passengers, increasing Britain's trade with the rest of the world or securing government support for expansion, Heathrow is Britain's airport and we will continue to help all of our country thrive for decades to come," Holland-Kaye said.

The government gave the green light in October to the expansion of Heathrow, which operates five terminals, but opponents are still challenging that decision.

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