London Heathrow Airport is witnessing a resurgence in passenger numbers, setting a Covid-era high of 5.3 million passengers in May, representing around 79% of pre-pandemic levels, with an eight-fold increase in May 2021.
Now that the pandemic has begun to loosen travel restrictions, many individuals are seeing this as a chance to travel once more. Heathrow’s CEO believes that the airport will continue to make strong progress in terms of capacity for future travelers.
90% of the airport’s passengers went through security checkpoints within 10 minutes in May, even though a large number of passengers resulted in cancellations and delays since the airport was not prepared for the high number of passengers passing through the airport.
CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “I’m immensely proud of the way my team has worked with airlines and other partners to ensure passengers got away during the platinum jubilee half-term. We continue to make good progress with our plans to ramp up capacity.”
“Failure to invest risks degrading passenger experience at a time when it has never been more important,” Holland-Kaye said.
Over the holidays, many travelers packed their bags and headed off for a long weekend away with their family, only to be met by long waits and check-in lines at the airport.
Heathrow Airport staff are already working effectively and collaboratively, fully knowing that the next summer may be the busiest yet for the airport.
Heathrow has taken the initiative to expand its airport strategies, including a recovery plan to handle the influx of passengers. With the reopening of a new terminal, travel will be more manageable and efficient. Terminal 4 will reopen in the latter weeks of June, indicating that summer is almost here.