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London’s Heathrow Airport only served 19.4 million passengers in 2021

Heathrow Airport issued this statement on social media:

In December, at least 600,000 passengers cancelled travel plans from Heathrow Airport due to Omicron and travel restrictions. Heathrow Airport only welcomed 19.4 million passengers in 2021 – less than one quarter of 2019 and below even 2020 levels.

The full press release:

Aviation is in for long-haul recovery as Omicron causes at least 600,000 passengers to cancel travel plans in December from Heathrow

Heathrow Airport

 

  • COVID-19 continues to pose significant challenges for the travel industry, with Heathrow welcoming only 19.4 million passengers in 2021 – less than one quarter of 2019 and below even 2020 levels
  • At least 600,000 passengers cancelled travel plans from Heathrow in December due to Omicron and the uncertainty caused by swiftly imposed government travel restrictions
  • There is significant doubt over the speed at which demand will recover. IATA forecasts suggest passenger numbers will not reach pre-pandemic levels until 2025, provided travel restrictions are removed at both ends of a route and passengers have confidence they will not return rapidly
  • We are urging the UK government to remove all testing now for fully vaccinated passengers and to adopt a playbook for any future Variants of Concern that is more predictable, limits additional measures only to passengers from high-risk destinations and allows quarantine at home instead of in a hotel
  • This creates enormous uncertainty for the CAA in setting a new five-year regulatory settlement. We believe that the focus should be on improving passenger service, aligning incentives for airlines and airports to work together to rebuild passenger demand and maintaining affordable private financing in uncertain times. This is a chance to safeguard a world-leading hub airport for Britain and avoid a return to the “Heathrow hassle” days of the early 2000s, undermining the UK’s global trading ambitions

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said:

“There are currently travel restrictions, such as testing, on all Heathrow routes – the aviation industry will only fully recover when these are all lifted and there is no risk that they will be reimposed at short notice, a situation which is likely to be years away. While this creates enormous uncertainty for the CAA in setting a new 5 year regulatory settlement, it means the regulator must focus on an outcome that improves service, incentivizes growth and maintains affordable private financing.”

 

Traffic Summary
December 2021
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
 Dec 2021 % Change Jan to
Dec 2021
% Change Jan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market            
UK              226 173.6           1,768 21.1           1,768 21.1
EU              815 134.0           7,258 -9.9           7,258 -9.9
Non-EU Europe              212 161.9           1,537 -13.8           1,537 -13.8
Africa              167 55.2           1,040 -9.4           1,040 -9.4
North America              798 540.4           3,338 -13.6           3,338 -13.6
Latin America              116 172.1              413 -4.3              413 -4.3
Middle East              483 114.6           2,301 -6.6           2,301 -6.6
Asia / Pacific              304 131.3           1,739 -40.3           1,739 -40.3
Total           3,122 173.0          19,393 -12.3          19,393 -12.3
Air Transport Movements  Dec 2021 % Change Jan to
Dec 2021
% Change Jan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market            
UK           2,118 113.3          17,214 13.5          17,214 13.5
EU           9,792 173.1          72,559 -11.9          72,559 -11.9
Non-EU Europe           2,102 165.7          14,433 -14.7          14,433 -14.7
Africa           1,006 32.7           7,886 5.7           7,886 5.7
North America           4,559 99.6          34,773 0.2          34,773 0.2
Latin America              609 90.3           3,157 6.6           3,157 6.6
Middle East           2,003 33.4          17,044 2.5          17,044 2.5
Asia / Pacific           2,443 14.2          22,966 -6.9          22,966 -6.9
Total          24,632 99.1        190,032 -5.4        190,032 -5.4
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
 Dec 2021 % Change Jan to
Dec 2021
% Change Jan 2021 to
Dec 2021
% Change
Market            
UK                10 109.5              220 -9.7              220 -9.7
EU           9,093 7.1        121,195 59.3        121,195 59.3
Non-EU Europe           5,151 -12.3          67,602 46.8          67,602 46.8
Africa           8,581 0.1          77,595 12.2          77,595 12.2
North America          45,616 44.3        481,733 24.6        481,733 24.6
Latin America           3,109 -5.9          23,490 -30.4          23,490 -30.4
Middle East          19,471 5.4        228,617 8.0        228,617 8.0
Asia / Pacific          36,157 11.1        402,461 25.7        402,461 25.7
Total        127,188 16.8     1,402,913 22.6     1,402,913 22.6

Vertical Aerospace and Heathrow Airport to collaborate on future of urban air mobility

Vertical Aerospace, the global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, has announced a collaboration with Heathrow Airport to explore how Vertical’s VA-X4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle could operate from Heathrow by the mid-2020s.

The agreement between Heathrow and Vertical is a significant milestone for Britain’s zero-emissions aviation industry. Both parties will work closely to explore how this new technology can fit into existing operations at the airport, build understanding of the regulatory changes that would be required, maximize potential job opportunities and minimize any potential impacts on communities surrounding the airport.

With speeds of up to 200 mph, Vertical’s piloted eVTOL will be able to transport four passengers in near silence from Heathrow to the City of London in 12 minutes, with zero operating emissions and at a cost similar to a taxi. This new agreement comes as interest in the future of urban air mobility is growing, with major airlines already operating at Heathrow keen to see the technology develop. Virgin Atlantic has already announced a partnership for the UK launch of an eVTOL network with Vertical and conditional pre-order options for up to 150 VA-X4s.

By working together, Vertical and Heathrow expect to help Britain maintain its leading position in sustainable aviation technologies and support moves to a low carbon economy to help meet the Government’s net zero ambitions to make the UK net zero by 2050.

Vertical’s top-tier global customers include American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Avolon, Bristow Group, Iberojet and Marubeni Corporation. Through these relationships, Vertical believes that it has the largest conditional pre-order book in the eVTOL industry, of up to 1,350 aircraft worth $5.4bn. Vertical’s eVTOL aims to be an industry leader in safety, being on track to be certified to the highest global standards and matching the safety performance of airline passenger jets.

About Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace is pioneering electric aviation. The company was founded in 2016 by Stephen Fitzpatrick, an established entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Ovo Group, a leading energy group and Europe’s largest independent energy retailer. Over the past five years, Vertical has focused on building the most experienced and senior team in the eVTOL industry, who have over 1,700 combined years of engineering experience, and have certified and supported over 30 different civil and military aircraft and propulsion systems.

Vertical’s unrivalled top-tier partner ecosystem is expected to de-risk operational execution and its pathway to certification, allow for a lean cost structure and enable production at scale. Vertical has received conditional pre-orders for a total of up to 1,350 aircraft from American Airlines, Avolon, Bristow and Iberojet, which includes conditional pre-order options from Virgin Atlantic and Marubeni, and in doing so, is creating multiple potential near term and actionable routes to market. In June 2021, Vertical announced a SPAC merger with Broadstone Acquisition Corp (NYSE: BSN).

About VA-X4 eVTOL Aircraft

The four passenger, one pilot VA-X4 is projected to have speeds up to 200mph, a range over 100 miles, near silent when in flight, zero operating emissions and low cost per passenger mile. The VA-X4 is expected to open up advanced air mobility to a whole new range of passengers and transform how we travel.

Could Heathrow Airport be at risk of collapse?

By Guest Editor Piers Moore Ede.

Here are a few key facts:

  • Heathrow is experiencing its lowest passenger numbers since the 1970s.
  • Every month saw at least an 80% fall in passenger numbers when compared to the year before.
  • Passenger traffic will not recover until 2024.
  • People have not lost their desire to travel: Tui, the world’s largest travel company, reported an increase in bookings of up to 500%. 

To read the full article from CompanyDebt: Could Heathrow be at Risk of Collapse? – Company Debt

 

June 18 announced as launch day for Heathrow expansion statutory consultation

London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) has made this announcement:

Heathrow has announced its statutory 12 and a half-week consultation on expansion plans will launch on the 18th of June. This step is the latest delivery milestone for the critical national infrastructure project, and the responses received will feed into a final planning application.

• Heathrow’s statutory consultation on its expansion plans will commence the 18th of June and end on the 13th of September
• New CGI imagery released to show what an expanded Heathrow could look like
• June consultation follows an extensive period of non-statutory consultation and engagement

To mark the news, the airport has released a series of new images showing a proposed new terminal forecourt, as well as a panoramic shot of a future Heathrow.

The airport’s June consultation will be its largest and most innovative engage exercise yet. Heathrow has invested in new technology to show the public its current proposals, including a model of the future airport which uses augmented reality, and a sound booth which features virtual reality to demonstrate the effect of noise insulation on properties overflown by aircraft.

Having listened to feedback from previous consultations, Heathrow will be holding events in more locations than previously and, in addition to an extensive national marketing campaign across newspapers, radio, billboards, digital and – for the first time – Spotify, will be contacting 2.6 million households directly encouraging participation.

Legal challenge dismissed as Heathrow Expansion reaches next milestone

The consultation follows the High Court’s dismissal of legal challenges against Heathrow expansion. The debate on Heathrow’s plans – and its commitments to grow sustainability – has been had and won, both in Parliament and now in the courts.

Heathrow has consistently demonstrated best practice by holding additional consultations at earlier stages of its project development to ensure feedback is incorporated in its plans, and to be as transparent as possible about its emerging proposals.

IMAGE: Architect’s impression showing a ‘third space’ concept for new terminal infrastructure at Heathrow. Third spaces will integrate public spaces and the airport, providing hybrid outdoor-indoor spaces.
Architect’s impression showing a ‘third space’ concept for new terminal infrastructure at Heathrow. Third spaces will integrate public spaces and the airport, providing hybrid outdoor-indoor spaces.

The plans revealed in this consultation include the consolidated feedback received in the Airspace and Future operations consultation that concluded in March, and previous consultations last year, as well as from Heathrow’s continuous engagement with local communities, local authorities, airlines, and other interested parties.

The upcoming consultation will seek feedback on four key areas:

  • Heathrow’s preferred masterplan for expansion: what the future layout of the airport could look like, including the runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The masterplan will also reveal the airport’s growth in phases – from runway opening in 2026, to the end masterplan in approximately 2050. This incremental growth in infrastructure will align more closely with forecast passenger growth, and help airport charges remain close to 2016 levels – ultimately resulting in more affordable fares for passengers;
  • Plans to operate the future airport: how the future three runway airport will be operated, including important elements such as night flights, as well as how potential additional flights before the new runway opens could be operated on our existing two runways;
  • Assessment of impacts of the airport’s growth: how the airport plans to measure the impacts of expansion on the environment and local communities;
  • Plans to manage the impacts of expansion: the airport’s plans for mitigating the effects of expansion, including property and noise compensation, a Community Compensation Fund, and measures to mitigate against air pollution and climate change.

Inviting people to participate in the consultation, Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director for Expansion, said:

“Heathrow’s expansion is a project of huge national and local significance, and it is critical to our country’s economic growth. An expanded hub airport will allow the country to access more of the world, create thousands of jobs locally and nationally and it will open up new trading routes. But we can’t deliver these plans alone. We urge everyone to have their say in this consultation, to shape our plans, and to help us deliver expansion in the fairest and most sustainable way.”

Heathrow’s expansion is a project of huge national and local significance, and it is critical to our country’s economic growth. An expanded hub airport will allow the country to access more of the world, create thousands of jobs locally and nationally and it will open up new trading routes. But we can’t deliver these plans alone. We urge everyone to have their say in this consultation, to shape our plans, and to help us deliver expansion in the fairest and most sustainable way.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow Executive Director for Expansion

Following the conclusion of this consultation and after feedback has been incorporated, Heathrow will submit a final proposal to the Planning Inspectorate in 2020, kickstarting an 18-month approvals process. The decision on whether to grant the DCO will be made by the Secretary of State following a public examination period led by the Planning Inspectorate.

Architect’s impression of the airport’s preferred masterplan for expansion, showing what Heathrow could look like by 2050, with three runways and expanded airport infrastructure.
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London’s Heathrow Airport brings back the airfield observation deck

London Heathrow Airport has officially opened a new airfield observation deck with 270 degree views. The area is called View Heathrow Observation Deck and is located in Terminal 4 (T4). The airport issued this statement and photos:

#ViewHeathrow Observation Deck opens

#ViewHeathrow

#ViewHeathrow

What has 270 degree views, a view of the Concorde, is right next to the Southern Runway at Heathrow and has just opened? The Answer: The View Heathrow Observation Deck.

The View Heathrow Observation Deck in T4 was officially opened this afternoon by Heathrow’s Normand Boivin and Tom Willis with a host of our airline partners from the terminal.

View Heathrow, located between gates 15 and 16, features 270 degree views and is located less than 250 metres from the centre of the Southern Runway.

The retired British Airways’ Concorde can even be seen from the area which has been converted from an unused former airline lounge.

Led by Paul Springthorpe from the Property team, the project has created a flight deck theme for passengers to interact with including a unique Turbine egg ball chair.

Visitors to View Heathrow can get involved with our social media team by hashtagging their spectacular Instagram pics and Twitter comments with #ViewHeathrow.

A live feed of these Instagram images and Tweets is on display in the viewing area, while visitors can also check out live flight radars on fixed iPads in the area.

The area is free to enter and open in line with Terminal 4’s operating hours.

What’s next for #ViewHeathrow?
This isn’t the only initiative we’ve been working on for all our aviation enthusiasts. We are working on some exciting new things for 2014 including multiple photo competitions, better non-airside venue access and more.

We’re also looking to select a group of aviation photographers to join us for a #ViewHeathrow visit in January. Tweet @yourHeathrow if you’re interested.

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