Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Heathrow wants the UK government to rush decisions as it releases its latest figures.

The management of London Heathrow Airport wants the government to rush through decisions to help them protect jobs and the airport's vast profits in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The UK's Government’s quarantine policy for international arrivals impacted load factors, which declined by 7% following its introduction in early June, compared to 2019. The airport says an exit plan is now more critical than ever, as long-haul flights remain grounded and more jobs continue to be put at risk in an industry crucial to rebuilding the UK economy.

 Heathrow urges Government to act faster on establishing Common International Standards that would allow safer travel to critical trading routes. Whilst steps toward travel corridors in July provide some hope for an initial recovery, the pace is too slow for the airports liking. 


The airport says it is ready to pilot ‘Test-on-Arrival’ procedure from Collinson and Swissport, which subject to Government approval, could allow COVID-negative passengers arriving from higher-risk countries to enter the UK without the need to quarantine.  

In addition, Heathrow is trialling a number of technologies and processes to keep the airport COVID-secure as travel resumes, including the existing temperature testing trials and exploring the use of UV sanitation to quickly and efficiently disinfect key touchpoints in the passenger journey.

Whilst overall cargo tonnage in June was down by over 30% compared with 2019, Heathrow saw a record-breaking day for cargo-only flights on 6th June, with 140 movements in one day.


Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:  “Travel corridors were a great first step and now we need to go further to protect jobs and kickstart the economy, by allowing healthy passengers to travel freely between the UK and the rest of the world. We’re ready to pilot a testing system on arrival for passengers from “red” countries as an alternative to quarantine, but even better would be to test passengers before they get on a plane. This requires a Common International Standard for testing, which the UK government could take a global lead in setting up.”




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Traffic Summary
      

       

June 2020
     

        
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
Jun 2020
% Change
Jan to
Jun 2020
% Change
Jul 2019 to
Jun 2020
% Change

Market







UK
               20
-95.4
             955
-58.9
          3,470
-32.3

EU
             151
-94.0
          4,892
-62.8
        19,199
-35.5

Non-EU Europe
               26
-94.9
          1,124
-59.3
          4,054
-34.5

Africa
                9
-96.8
             809
-53.3
          2,590
-32.1

North America
               46
-97.4
          3,321
-62.7
        13,247
-33.8

Latin America
                6
-94.8
             320
-53.4
          1,016
-31.9

Middle East
               43
-92.9
          1,728
-51.6
          5,907
-28.8

Asia / Pacific
               49
-94.9
          2,283
-59.3
          8,154
-35.1

Total
             350
-95.2
        15,433
-60.2
        57,639
-34.0

       

Air Transport Movements
 Jun 2020
% Change
Jan to
Jun 2020
% Change
Jul 2019 to
Jun 2020
% Change

Market







UK
             242
-93.2
          9,519
-50.8
        30,888
-25.8

EU
          1,840
-89.9
        46,420
-55.4
      151,639
-33.8

Non-EU Europe
             413
-88.8
        10,437
-52.5
        32,018
-32.8

Africa
             269
-77.6
          4,156
-45.7
        11,731
-28.6

North America
          1,697
-76.8
        21,988
-46.4
        64,410
-28.4

Latin America
             160
-67.9
          1,670
-44.8
          4,649
-30.0

Middle East
             929
-63.4
          9,368
-36.7
        25,145
-23.5

Asia / Pacific
          1,655
-56.9
        13,836
-41.1
        37,687
-27.1

Total
          7,206
-82.3
      117,516
-50.1
      358,289
-30.6

       

Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
Jun 2020
% Change
Jan to
Jun 2020
% Change
Jul 2019 to
Jun 2020
% Change
Market






UK
                 7
-83.6
             206
-27.9
             507
-28.4
EU
           5,251
-34.1
         32,100
-32.2
         79,123
-27.0
Non-EU Europe
           4,278
-9.2
         17,272
-38.9
         46,017
-26.3
Africa
           4,843
-37.9
         31,190
-36.0
         75,786
-25.9
North America
         27,910
-38.7
       201,979
-30.8
       475,244
-26.9
Latin America
           2,473
-43.0
         14,952
-46.2
         41,505
-31.5
Middle East
         18,947
-16.7
       102,033
-18.7
       235,580
-15.0
Asia / Pacific
         25,241
-33.4
       150,463
-36.3
       380,979
-29.5
Total
         88,989
-31.8
       552,550
-31.4
    1,337,097
-25.8
              


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