News | Published May 02 2020

Heathrow airport expects 97 per cent fall in passengers for April

Heathrow airport has said that it expects its passenger numbers to have dropped by as much as 97 per cent in April due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Europe's busiest airport has already announced that passenger numbers dropped by 18.8 per cent over the first three months of 2020.

In a statement, the airport reassured that it was financially “robust” with “£3.2 billion in liquidity”, which would be “sufficient to maintain the business at least over the next 12 months, even with no passengers”.

The statement added: "Heathrow remains open - and continues operating safely to help people get home and to secure vital supply lines for the UK."

John Holland-Kaye, the airport’s chief executive, told the BBC that airports will need to introduce safety measures to reduce the risk of infection in order for the UK to exit its lockdown, including possible health screening.

He said: "What this might include - and this needs to be agreed with governments and the aviation sector - is a combination of measures and that might include some kind of health screening as you come into the terminal so that perhaps if that's a temperature check, if you have a high temperature, you may not be allowed to fly.

"As you go through the airport, you will probably be wearing a face mask, as people from Asia have been doing ever since SARS came out."

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Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson
Junior Editor
May 02 2020

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