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.
Despite record breaking start to the year, officials at Heathrow have warned Charles de Gaulle will overtake it as Europe’s leading hub airport within the next two years.
Heathrow has announced that disability campaigner, Helen Dolphin, and the experienced equality and inclusion regulator, Keith Richards, have both been named as new co-chairs of the Heathrow Access Advisory Group.
A record 80.9 million passengers travelled through the Heathrow in 2019, delivering the ninth consecutive year of growth at the airport. This passenger growth was driven by larger and fuller aircraft.
Heathrow has announced it will launch an eight-week public consultation to finalise proposals for expansion. The move follows a recent decision by the UK’s aviation regulator, the CAA, to cap early spending on the project.
The timetable slip follows a decision by the Civil Aviation Authority to reject a request from Heathrow to lift spending by £650 million to £2.4 billion before the project gets planning consent.