Heathrow overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport amid pandemic

Published:Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 12:10

Heathrow overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport amid pandemic

Heathrow says it has been overtaken as Europe’s busiest airport for the first time by Paris Charles de Gaulle because of a slump in demand for air travel.

Some 19 million passengers used Heathrow in the first nine months of the year, versus 19.3 million who used the airport in the French capital.

Heathrow said Amsterdam Schiphol and Frankfurt were “close behind”.

It said all three rivals had adopted testing regimes as a way of people reducing or avoiding quarantine.

By contrast, Britain had been “too slow to embrace passenger testing” and was “falling behind”.

Heathrow reported an 84% fall in passenger numbers for the three months to September as losses for the year to date widened to £1.5bn.

“Already in France and Germany, even Canada and Ireland have moved to testing and this is the way to make sure we can protect jobs in the UK as well as protecting people from coronavirus,” Mr Holland Kaye told the BBC.

“The government really need to get on and make this happen before the beginning of December if we are going to save people’s jobs.”