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NFL’s London games boost airport traffic

London’s Heathrow Airport has cited the impact of NFL American football fans travelling to the league’s games in the English capital as it reported record monthly volumes of passengers in October for the second consecutive year.

For October 2018, Heathrow reported strong passenger growth of 4.4 per cent, with 6.954 million passengers travelling through the airport.

North America led the growth, up by 9.1 per cent to 1.642 million, as October saw NFL teams travel to Heathrow for their games at Wembley stadium.

The NFL staged games at Wembley for three consecutive Sundays in October, with the Philadelphia Eagles rounding off this year’s series by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-18 in front of a record crowd of 85,870 on October 28.

The league last month confirmed plans to play four games in London next year, with Wembley to host two fixtures and two more to be held at the new stadium of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham’s new stadium had been scheduled to host the October 14 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders, but continued delays meant the fixture was moved to Wembley.

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