Heathrow Airport reported a lack of £1.8 billion final 12 months, as passenger numbers fell to the bottom degree since 1972. Just 19.4 million friends moved by means of the airport. Heathrow was the one European hub to see a discount in site visitors final 12 months, resulting from tighter journey restrictions than EU international locations.
Cargo, primarily carried on passenger planes, was 12 per cent down on pre-pandemic ranges. In complete, the airport has now misplaced £3.8 billion throughout the pandemic.
Heathrow chief govt, John Holland-Kaye, mentioned: “ While 2021 was the worst year in Heathrow’s history, I am very proud of the way that colleagues focussed on passengers, and we were able to maintain our position as one of the top ten airports in the world for service. Demand is now starting to recover, and we are working closely with airlines to scale-up our operations and reopen Terminal 4 for the summer travel peak. We are excited to welcome more passengers back to Heathrow to experience the joys of travel and get Britain’s economy firing on all cylinders again.”
Heathrow expects to welcome 45.5 million passengers this 12 months, nonetheless effectively beneath pre-Covid-19 ranges.