Millions pass through Heathrow to celebrate royal Coronation

The airport reported that 6.4 million passengers travelled in April, showing strong progress from when travel restrictions were first lifted a year ago. 

Heathrow passenger traffic

Heathrow reported a high rise in passenger movement for April.

Heathrow International Airport have reported a high number of passenger volume during the royal festive season. It was reported that 6.4 million passengers travelled through Heathrow in April, showing strong progress from when travel restrictions for the airport were first lifted 12 months ago. 

There are early indications that passenger growth may be levelling off, with recovery now stable at 93-95% of 2019 levels across each of the first four months of this year.  

Heathrow have continued to deliver excellent passenger getaways over Easter and the Coronation, with well over 90% of passengers passing though security in under 10 minutes. Heathrow had a Royal garden party theme for the Coronation, with brass bands playing patriotic tunes, guardsmen in the terminals and free Coronation shortbread. The ceremony was shown in full on the big screens in Terminal 5, with passengers pausing to witness the historic moment.

The introduction of Loganair flights to the City of Derry and Dundee to Sumburgh and Kirkwall, supported by discounts on landing charges for domestic routes, increased the airports UK destinations served by 50%. Continued recovery of the East Asia market is expected with departures to seven Chinese cities recommencing by the end of May.

Heathrow welcome the Sustainable Aviation’s roadmap, reaffirming that aviation can grow whilst meeting the UK’s legally binding commitments to net zero carbon by 2050. The airport echo calls for Government to set out a policy framework to secure Sustainable Aviation Fuel scale up and commercial production in the UK

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said: “It is only 12 months since all international travel restrictions in the UK were lifted, and we have made tremendous progress. I am proud that colleagues across Heathrow have shown Britain at its best for visitors arriving for the Coronation.”

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