Passenger traffic via London’s major Heathrow airport plummeted by nearly 73 percent to 22.1 million travellers in 2020 as a result of the corona crisis and lockdowns.
According to the largest airport in the United Kingdom, 58.8 million fewer passengers were processed last year than in 2019. The amount of cargo fell by 28 percent.
This is because most cargo is transported in the cargo area of passenger aircraft, but many of them are grounded because of the crisis. This was partly offset by carrying out extra cargo flights.
Passenger traffic through Heathrow fell by 83 percent in December due to the new lockdowns against the new and highly contagious British variant of the virus, the airport said.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye says last year was extremely challenging for the aviation industry. Aviation is a cornerstone of the British economy, he says. Heathrow lost its title of the busiest airport in Europe to Paris-Charles de Gaulle in October.