In the fall, Heathrow Airport announces second black year

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Britain’s Heathrow Airport in the suburbs of London was the third busiest airport in Europe. It has registered huge losses with the pandemic and is now ranked eighth in the rankings. Heathrow’s director described 2021 as the worst year in the airport’s history.

With our correspondent in London, Emily Wines

Heathrow Airport had not seen so few passengers since 1972. Last year, less than 20 million people passed through UK airports, the only European hub to see a drop in traffic in 2021.

Management is responsible for these poor results UK SanctionsStricter and longer than in most European countries, with the establishment of necessary quarantine hotels and testing upon departure and arrival.

Will not return to normalcy before 2025

The cost of this drop in attendance: 1.8 billion pounds, just over 2 billion euros, despite the reduction in costs achieved during the pandemic. With the return of holidays abroad, the management is looking forward to a recovery in the summer. Terminal 4, which has been closed for two years, should reopen soon. Heathrow expects 45 million passengers this year, half of what it was before the pandemic.

Director John Holland-Kaye doesn’t expect normalcy to return until 2025 at the earliest. Until then, travelers should expect a 2% increase in ticket prices.

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