Heathrow has recorded its busiest ever month in history after receiving 7.53 million passengers in July.

The airport welcomed an average of 243,000 passengers or the equivalent of the population of Plymouth every day throughout the month.

Middle Eastern destinations were particularly popular for travellers as fuller aircraft led to a 7% increase in passengers to the region, while more flights to Brazil pushed up passenger numbers to Latin America by 3%.

UK destinations saw 5% passenger growth on the back of recently launched Flybe flights to Scotland.

Trade through Heathrow also climbed at the fastest rate ever recorded at the UK’s largest port – up 15% to 143,000 tonnes in July.