Heathrow passenger numbers plunged 73% in 2020

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Airport expansion in the South East. File photo dated 01/07/15 of a plane taking off at Heathrow airport. The Economy and Industrial Strategy (Airports) sub-committee chaired by Theresa May will choose between a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick or extending an existing runway at Heathrow today. Issue date: Tuesday October 25, 2016. See PA story AIR Runway. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire URN:29002007

LONDON (Reuters) – Heathrow Airport, the busiest in Britain, said that passenger numbers slumped 73% during 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions wiped out travel.

The airport said on Monday that its annual cargo volumes also fell 28% as fewer passenger planes meant there was less space available for goods.

For December, Heathrow said that passenger numbers plunged 83% as the new strain of COVID-19 led to countries restricting travellers from Britain and millions of passengers were forced to cancel plans.

The numbers capped off a dismal year for the UK hub, which in October lost its title as the busiest airport in Europe to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

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