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Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited

05/11/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/11/2021 00:16

Heathrow calls for significant expansion of “green” countries and a list of countries expected to be open for summer holidays

  • Heathrow lost 6.2 million passengers in April, down 92.1%, compared to pre-pandemic 2019 figures, following over a year of restrictions on non-essential travel.
  • Whilst we welcome the lifting of the travel ban from 17th May, the green list is overly cautious, given the other controls in place on passengers travelling from low risk countries. The next review in 3 weeks' time should bring a significant expansion to the list of 'green' countries, including the United States, to increase trade, reunite friends and families with their loved ones. Government should help people plan ahead by publishing a list of countries expected to be on the green list for the summer holidays so that passengers are not faced with high prices for last minute bookings.
  • The rapid progress on vaccination and increased confidence in its effectiveness against variants of concern should allow a significant simplification of the 'traffic light' system at the end of June, including allowing fully vaccinated people to travel without restrictions.
  • We welcome government plans to automate border checks, but until they have been implemented, Ministers should ensure that every desk is staffed at peak times to avoid unacceptable queue times in immigration.
  • Fewer passenger flights are severely impacting the UK's supply chain and British exporters, with only 116,000 metric tonnes of cargo travelled through Heathrow last month, compared to over 132,000 in April 2019, down 12%. Reopening critical trading routes such as the United States will enable exporters to reconnect with key global networks and unlock billions of pounds worth of trade and exports.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said: 'The Government's green list is very welcome, but they need to expand it massively in the next few weeks to include other low risk markets such as the United States, and remove the need for fully vaccinated passengers to take two expensive PCR tests. Border Force's claims that 'long queues in immigration are inevitable' smack of complacency - they are completely avoidable if Ministers ensure that all desks are staffed at peak times.'

Traffic Summary

April 2021

Terminal Passengers
(000s)

Apr 2021

% Change

Jan to
Apr 2021

% Change

May 2020 to
Apr 2021

% Change

Market

UK

62

541.7

228

-75.3

764

-82.2

EU

173

158.8

618

-86.7

4,021

-83.2

Non-EU Europe

54

628.7

180

-83.4

876

-82.4

Africa

54

681.9

245

-69.1

601

-80.7

North America

63

132.6

244

-92.5

862

-94.8

Latin America

6

52.8

27

-91.3

148

-88.0

Middle East

37

0.4

292

-82.3

1,100

-84.2

Asia / Pacific

87

82.6

382

-82.6

1,098

-88.9

Total

536

159.8

2,216

-85.1

9,472

-86.7

Air Transport Movements

Apr 2021

% Change

Jan to
Apr 2021

% Change

May 2020 to
Apr 2021

% Change

Market

UK

773

215.5

2,893

-68.1

8,993

-76.1

EU

2,537

67.2

8,672

-79.9

47,851

-74.2

Non-EU Europe

638

211.2

2,215

-77.3

9,389

-75.8

Africa

551

344.4

2,298

-36.7

6,124

-55.1

North America

2,469

95.5

8,775

-53.2

24,730

-67.4

Latin America

97

169.4

417

-70.9

1,944

-64.1

Middle East

1,086

89.2

4,498

-40.1

13,625

-51.6

Asia / Pacific

1,722

90.5

6,887

-34.7

20,891

-50.4

Total

9,873

103.3

36,655

-64.7

133,547

-68.7

Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)

Apr 2021

% Change

Jan to
Apr 2021

% Change

May 2020 to
Apr 2021

% Change

Market

UK

6

313.9

62

-56.4

163

-69.7

EU

10,333

206.8

39,465

77.8

93,367

9.0

Non-EU Europe

5,604

267.6

22,509

121.8

58,420

20.6

Africa

6,535

261.2

29,154

32.7

76,371

-7.9

North America

41,510

106.8

145,292

-2.4

382,994

-25.3

Latin America

1,153

302.6

4,383

-61.9

26,650

-43.5

Middle East

18,702

94.1

71,532

6.2

215,796

-12.0

Asia / Pacific

32,254

126.3

119,643

18.1

336,376

-18.0

Total

116,096

127.9

432,041

12.6

1,190,137

-16.9