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Heathrow Airport seeks renewed air travel with May startup

Robert Besser
04 May 2021, 01:56 GMT+10

LONDON, ENGLAND: Heathrow International Airport reported a first quarter loss of $459 million on April 28.

Further, airport officials said they have suffered total losses of $3.3 billion since the start of the pandemic lockdown in March 2020.

Also, airport officials reported that passenger traffic at Heathrow was down 91 percent in the first quarter of 2021, as only 1.7 million passengers travelled through the London airport.
Airport officials have also projected that 13 to 36 million passengers will transit through Heathrow in 2021, compared to 81 million in 2019.

While Britain's aviation industry is hoping that flying will begin to recover in late May, once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, however, it is not known where the public will be able to travel to and how digital vaccine passports will work.

Heathrow officials said again that Britain's summer economic recovery is dependent upon travel reopening on May 17.

Also, while the airport prepares to return to full operations, officials voiced concern whether UK Border Forces will be properly staffed to ensure there are not long waits at passport checks.

"Ministers will need to ensure every desk is staffed to avoid unacceptable queues," Heathrow officials said.

Meanwhile, the government gave Heathrow permission to charge airlines 30 pence more per passenger to help recover pandemic losses, but airport officials called this a fraction of what had been asked for. at the same time, the owner of British Airways objected to the surcharge.

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