London Heathrow airport passenger numbers down 83% in March

Airport expansion in the South East. File photo dated 01/07/15 of a plane taking off at Heathrow airport. The Economy and Industrial Strategy (Airports) sub-committee chaired by Theresa May will choose between a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick or extending an existing runway at Heathrow today. Issue date: Tuesday October 25, 2016. See PA story AIR Runway. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire URN:29002007

LONDON (Reuters) – Heathrow Airport passenger numbers fell 83% in March compared to the same month last year, Britain’s biggest airport said in a statement on Monday, as the pandemic continued to hit travel.

Britain’s aviation industry is hoping that flying will rebound in late May once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, but uncertainty remains after government proposals for allowing travel fell short of industry hopes.