London’s Heathrow is no longer Europe’s busiest airport, ceding its long-held crown to Paris during the pandemic and blaming government inaction for its passenger numbers plunging even more than rivals. The COVID-19 continues to crush demand for flying and Heathrow is no longer the busiest airport in Europe.
Heathrow said Paris Charles de Gaulle had overtaken it as Europe’s busiest airport, dealing a blow to Britain’s global trade ambitions as the country’s current relationship with the European Union is due to end in two-months time.
The airport criticized the UK government for being slow to introduce an airport testing regime to replace 14-day quarantine rules and said the delays were causing additional harm to the economy.
Heathrow also cut its outlook for next year’s passenger numbers saying it now expected 37 million passengers, 41% lower than a June forecast, as tightening coronavirus restrictions crush hopes for a recovery in travel demand.
CEO John Holland-Kaye said Heathrow’s slide down the rankings -- Amsterdam and Frankfurt could also overtake it based on passenger numbers -- should spur the government into action.
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October 29, 2020