Heathrow saw passenger numbers rise by 2.5% in November to a record 5.72 million

Travel to Mexico, China and the Middle East all rose by 8% – evidence that demand to fly from “the UK’s front door” remains strong, the London hub claimed.

Larger, quieter and more efficient aircraft continued to be a driver for growth in passenger numbers, which are up 0.7% so far in 2016 as airlines deploy more new generation Airbus A380s, A350s and Boeing 787s at Heathrow.

Aircraft using the airport this year are 1.3% larger than in 2015.

Heathrow chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: “With record passenger volumes and strong cargo growth in November, Heathrow is delivering for Britain’s economy.

“Since the government’s backing of a third runway, we’ve put a team in place that will help us to deliver the benefits of expansion as quickly as possible – an affordable plan that creates more jobs, boosts exporters and builds an economy that is stronger and fairer for everyone – and we are looking forward to the publication of the Government’s national policy statement early next year.”