Heathrow will not return to “normal” (ie. 2019 levels) of…

heathrow-will-not-return-to-“normal”-(ie.-2019-levels)-of…

Heathrow will not return to “normal” (ie. 2019 levels) of…

Heathrow will not return to “normal” (ie. 2019 levels) of passengers for several years (if ever)
2022-01-13 18:24:00
Due to restrictions to try to avoid Omicron spreading, or more being introduced into the UK (it initially probably arrived due to air travel, from Africa) many people who had booked flights over Christmas cancelled.  Heathrow said about 600,000 passengers due to use the airport had cancelled. This continued a bad year for the airport.  It had only about 19.4 million passengers in 2021 compared to around 80 million in 2019 – ie. 24% of the 2019 number.   It had a bit over 22 million in 2020 (so 2021 was 12.3% below 2020). CEO John Holland-Kaye did not expect a return to the level of passengers in 2019 for many years, perhaps by 2026. Even that is very uncertain.  .Tweet   Heathrow Airport warns return to normal travel years away 12.1.2022  (BBC) At least 600,000 passengers scrapped plans to fly from Heathrow Airport last month as the Omicron coronavirus strain sparked tougher travel restrictions. Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye said it underlined the crisis in the industry and the uncertainty facing travellers.  A return to normal “could be years away”, the chief executive of the UK’s busiest airport warned. Just 19.4 million passengers passed through Heathrow in 2021 – 12.3% below 2020, the year the pandemic began. Last year’s number, the lowest for Heathrow for 50 years, was 24% of the pre-pandemic levels (over 80 million) seen in 2019. Mr Holland-Kaye said it was time for all coronavirus testing measures to be dropped for fully-vaccinated people. Fears over the Omicron Covid variant meant that, from late November, all travellers arriving in the UK were required to take a pre-departure lateral flow test and self-isolate until they received a negative result from a post-arrival PCR test. This led to many people scrapping the

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