Heathrow users near 50% down on pre-pandemic levels

London Heathrow's control tower
London Heathrow's control tower (Photo: London Heathrow)

LONDON – London Heathrow’s passenger numbers nearly 50% lower than pre-pandemic levels in February.

5.4 million passengers passed through Heathrow in February 2020, compared to 2.9 million in February 2022. This is 15% less than forecasted for the month.

London South East reports that Heathrow said outbound leisure travel is recovering, however, COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements are still suppressing flights. These requirements are still required in approximately two thirds of countries served from Heathrow.

The airport reports airlines suggest summer demand will return to as much as 85% of pre-pandemic levels. To help with overcrowding, Heathrow is recruiting staff to reopen Terminal 4 before July. However, they’re “particularly concerned over Border Force’s ability to scale up to meet demand”.

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