Aviation in for long-haul recovery as Omicron causes at least 600,000 passengers to cancel travel plans in December from Heathrow

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Aviation in for long-haul recovery as Omicron causes at least 600,000 passengers to cancel travel plans in December from Heathrow

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  • COVID-19 continues to pose significant challenges for the travel industry, with Heathrow welcoming only 19.4 million passengers in 2021 – less than one quarter of 2019 and below even 2020 levels
  • At least 600,000 passengers cancelled travel plans from Heathrow in December due to Omicron and the uncertainty caused by swiftly imposed government travel restrictions
  • There is significant doubt over the speed at which demand will recover. IATA forecasts suggest passenger numbers will not reach pre-pandemic levels until 2025, provided travel restrictions are removed at both ends of a route and passengers have confidence they will not return rapidly
  • We are urging the UK government to remove all testing now for fully vaccinated passengers and to adopt a playbook for any future Variants of Concern that is more predictable, limits additional measures only to passengers from high-risk destinations and allows quarantine at home instead of in a hotel
  • This creates enormous uncertainty for the CAA in setting a new five-year regulatory settlement. We believe that the focus should be on improving passenger service, aligning incentives for airlines and airports to work together to rebuild passenger demand and maintaining affordable private financing in uncertain times. This is a chance to safeguard a world-leading hub airport for Britain and avoid a return to the “Heathrow hassle” days of the early 2000s, undermining the UK’s global trading ambitions
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:
“There are currently travel restrictions, such as testing, on all Heathrow routes – the aviation industry will only fully recover when these are all lifted and there is no risk that they will be reimposed at short notice, a situation which is likely to be years away. While this creates enormous uncertainty for the CAA in setting a new 5 year regulatory settlement, it means the regulator must focus on an outcome that improves service, incentivises growth and maintains affordable private financing.”

Traffic Summary
December 2021
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
Dec 2021% ChangeJan to
Dec 2021
% ChangeJan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market
UK 226173.6 1,76821.1 1,76821.1
EU 815134.0 7,258-9.9 7,258-9.9
Non-EU Europe 212161.9 1,537-13.8 1,537-13.8
Africa 16755.2 1,040-9.4 1,040-9.4
North America 798540.4 3,338-13.6 3,338-13.6
Latin America 116172.1 413-4.3 413-4.3
Middle East 483114.6 2,301-6.6 2,301-6.6
Asia / Pacific 304131.3 1,739-40.3 1,739-40.3
Total 3,122173.0 19,393-12.3 19,393-12.3
Air Transport Movements Dec 2021% ChangeJan to
Dec 2021
% ChangeJan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market
UK 2,118113.3 17,21413.5 17,21413.5
EU 9,792173.1 72,559-11.9 72,559-11.9
Non-EU Europe 2,102165.7 14,433-14.7 14,433-14.7
Africa 1,00632.7 7,8865.7 7,8865.7
North America 4,55999.6 34,7730.2 34,7730.2
Latin America 60990.3 3,1576.6 3,1576.6
Middle East 2,00333.4 17,0442.5 17,0442.5
Asia / Pacific 2,44314.2 22,966-6.9 22,966-6.9
Total 24,63299.1 190,032-5.4 190,032-5.4
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
Dec 2021% ChangeJan to
Dec 2021
% ChangeJan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market
UK 10109.5 220-9.7 220-9.7
EU 9,0937.1 121,19559.3 121,19559.3
Non-EU Europe 5,151-12.3 67,60246.8 67,60246.8
Africa 8,5810.1 77,59512.2 77,59512.2
North America 45,61644.3 481,73324.6 481,73324.6
Latin America 3,109-5.9 23,490-30.4 23,490-30.4
Middle East 19,4715.4 228,6178.0 228,6178.0
Asia / Pacific 36,15711.1 402,46125.7 402,46125.7
Total 127,18816.8 1,402,91322.6 1,402,91322.6
 
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