Heathrow calls for travel restart as losses mount

Heathrow calls for travel restart as losses mount

Heathrow has recorded a further £329 million loss for quarter one of 2021, as only 1.7 million passengers travelled through the airport, down 91 per cent compared to the first three months of 2019.

The new figure brings total losses since the start of the pandemic to nearly £2.4 billion at the airport.

Cargo volumes are also down 23 per cent on 2019, underlining how a lack of flights impacts UK trade with the rest of the world.

Officials said, while underlying demand for travel remains strong, continuing uncertainty over government policy has seen Heathrow reduce its passenger forecast for the year to a range between 13 and 36 million, compared to 81 million in 2019.

As vaccinations are rolled-out and Covid-19 levels fall, restarting travel to markets like the US will be critical to the economic recovery of the UK, the airport added in a statement.

Heathrow chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: “These results show how Covid-19 has devastated the aviation sector and…

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