Heathrow welcomed just 228,000 passengers in May, down 97 per cent on the figure seen last year. In response, the airport said it would it be forced to lay off a number of staff.
Delta Air Lines is planning to resume operations from London Heathrow Airport to the United States this weekend. The airline will fly three times a week to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, with departures on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Heathrow airport has seen passenger numbers decline by 18 per cent during quarter one, with 14.6 million guests arriving over the period. As the toll from the coronavirus grows, numbers are expected to be down by around 97 per cent in April.
Heathrow Airport has temporarily closed two of its terminals as passenger demand falls in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In March passenger numbers shrunk by 52 per cent compared to the same time last year, as the UK entered lockdown.
Heathrow will close one of its two runways from Monday following the collapse in aviation demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The hub airport is usually among the busiest in world and operates at near 100 per cent capacity all-year round.
Heathrow welcomed 5.4 million passengers in February, down 4.8 per cent on last year after adjusting for the extra leap day. The fall was largely due to lower demand on Asian and European routes in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Heathrow has announced tougher charges will be applied to all flights that arrive and depart within the night quota period from 23:30 to 06:00. The charges, to be introduced at some point this year, will disincentivise activity between the identified hours.
The court of appeal has ruled a government decision to grant permission for a third runway at London Heathrow Airport was illegal. A case against government approval for the scheme was brought by environmental groups, councils and the mayor of London.
Heathrow welcomed a record 80.9 million passengers in 2019, up one per cent on the previous year. The airport also remains in strong financial health, with revenues climbing 3.4 per cent to £3.1 billion on the back of increased demand to fly.
Heathrow has announced it will seek to become one of the first major aviation hubs in the world to go carbon neutral for its infrastructure. The airport hopes to target zero carbon emissions by the mid-2030s.