London City Airport (LCY) has been looking into the drinking habits of its passengers, and found that more than 25,000 cups of coffee were sold last month whilst the nation’s favourite, tea, was well beaten.
It seems passengers are going for a caffeine boost to perk themselves up and keep out the autumn chill as more than 800 coffees a day were sold with cappuccinos the best seller.
October was a significant month for the airport as it enjoyed its busiest ever week – 94,686 passengers from the week commencing Monday 19th – and welcomed 408,544 passengers overall. 25,773 coffees were sold meaning that 1 in 15 grabbed a caffeine fix before their flight or whilst waiting for arriving friends and family.
4616 cappuccinos, 3789 lattes, and 2364 Americanos were sold whilst the humble cup of tea, thought for a long time to be Britain’s favourite drink, was booted out of first place and accounted for just a fifth of the airport’s total hot drink sales combined with hot chocolates.
Research by the Financial Times earlier this year found that the UK is a nation of coffee addicts with 1.7 billion cups sold per year. One in five people will visit a coffee shop every day, up from one in nine just five years ago.
LCY passengers have a range of options open to them with eight different spots for a hot drink across the airport including City Bar, ranked among the Daily Telegraph’s top ten airport bars in the world.
High street brands such as Costa and Caffe Nero, and high-end outlets including Espressamente Illy and Rhubarb, are all available to thirsty passengers in need of what has become their daily caffeine fix.
A London City Airport spokesperson explained: “For a nation of tea drinkers though it’s quite surprising to see just how many coffees we sell, and we’ve been looking into the reasons behind the high numbers. 1 in 15 might not sound much but it all works out as nearly 831 litres a day, which is around eight people’s water consumption in an entire year!
“If you factor in our busiest times of day which is usually between 7 and 10am and then 5 and 7pm, it looks as if we have passengers that need a cup of coffee to help them perk up before heading off in the morning or keep them awake when flying back in the evening.”