While reporting its latest traffic volume figures today, Heathrow airport CEO, John Holland-Kaye, looked back on an "incredibly challenging" year for aviation. Holland-Kaye added: "The aviation industry is the cornerstone of the UK economy but is fighting for survival. We need a road map out of this lockdown, and a full waiver of business rates. This is an opportunity for the government to show leadership in creating a Common International Standard for pre-departure testing that will allow travel and trade to restart safely so that we can start to deliver the Prime Minister’s vision of a Global Britain.” As this infographic shows, the UK's biggest commercial transport hub saw decreases in passenger traffic of over 80 percent in 2020 when compared to 2019.
Heathrow's "incredibly challenging" year
This chart shows the YOY change in traffic volumes of Heathrow airport in 2020.