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Covid caused a 71% drop in international flights for UK…

Covid caused a 71% drop in international flights for UK in 2021 – in future the aviation sector may be smaller
2022-01-06 16:30:00
The Covid pandemic triggered a 71% drop in international flights in and out of the UK in 2021, says a new report m by aviation analytics firm Cirium.  About 406,060 international flights operated from the UK in 2021 compared with 1,399,170 in 2019 before travel was restricted. UK domestic flights also fell by nearly 60%. Ryanair remained the largest airline in the UK, with over 100,000 UK flights. easyJet had over 82,000 flights. The busiest international route was between Heathrow and New York’s JFK.  80% of routes were to European destinations. The director on Newquay airport expects that “the ‘old normal’ is not going to return” for airlines and airports, and it will be at least 5 years before the industry recovers to its 2019 size, if it ever does.  The pandemic has made people far less care-free about air travel.  He expects there will be much less business travel now that companies have become used to Zoom and Teams.  Discretionary trips abroad such as stag parties might go to UK cities instead. And people will prefer package trips, protected by cancellation insurance, over independent travel. .Tweet   UK air travel sees huge slump in 2021 due to Covid 28 December 2021 (BBC) The Covid pandemic triggered a 71% drop in international flights in and out of the UK in 2021, says a new report. About 406,060 international flights operated from the UK this year, compared with 1,399,170 in 2019 before travel was restricted. UK domestic flights also fell by nearly 60%, said aviation analytics firm Cirium. Budget airline Ryanair remained the largest carrier in the UK, with more than 100,000 UK flights in 2021. Rival airline easyJet followed closely behind, with more than 82,000 flights in total, according to data collected by Cirium. The busiest international route was between London’s Heathrow and New York’s JFK. This was despite the US only opening its borders to UK travellers in November. American travellers have been able to travel to the UK since 28 July. Short-haul flights proved to be the most popular, with eight out of the 10 most popular routes being to Europe. London Heathrow to Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt came in third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Meanwhile, the UK’s busiest domestic route was between Land’s End to St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly. The 31-mile route saw about 2,330 one-way flights between January and December 2021. Following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases throughout the UK due to the Omicron variant, the outlook for 2022 remains uncertain. The uncertainty has already sparked a rise in cancellations over the festive period because of concerns over potential further restrictions. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59813143 . The Report: –https://resources.cirium.com/cirium-airline-insights-review-2021 . AVIATION WILL BE ‘SMALLER BUT GREENER’ AFTER PANDEMIC, SAYS INDUSTRY VETERAN Exclusive: ‘A smaller industry overall with much less business travel’ predicts former Monarch boss and Ryanair director Tim Jeans, who is now director of Newquay airport. By Simon Calder (Travel Correspondent, Independent) 5.1.2021 One of the leading figures in UK aviation has predicted “the ‘old normal’ is not going to return” for airlines and airports. Tim Jeans, director of Cornwall Airport Newquay, told the travel podcast of The Independent: “The ‘new nor

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