Heathrow revealed its passenger traffic was down by 82 per cent year-on-year in October.
Jane Imrie

Heathrow boss: “Lack of government action” threatens UK’s economic recovery

The boss of London airport Heathrow has once again criticised the government’s handling of the pandemic in relation to the aviation industry.

Heathrow’s CEO has expressed his dissatisfaction at a “lack of government action” to support aviation.

The news comes as the airport revealed its passenger traffic was down by 82 per cent year-on-year in October, continuing the downward trend caused by the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent travel restrictions.

In addition, the airport’s overall cargo volumes were down 23 per cent compared to last year, with long haul routes hit the hardest.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, commented: “Aviation is the lifeblood of the UK’s economy, critical for exports of goods and services and imports of vaccines, as well as inbound tourism, students and foreign direct investment.

“Lack of government action is weakening our sector, making it harder for us to support the eventual economic recovery and help deliver the Prime Minister’s vision of a global Britain.”

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