“The threat of Coronavirus is an increasing challenge for the UK and we are working day and night to ensure Britain’s front door is open and safe for our people and passengers. We will continue to work with the Government to limit the impacts this will have on UK plc,” commented John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO.
The virus has disrupted trade across the globe. In February, the airport saw over 115,800 tonnes of cargo pass through its doors, down 9.5%, as the effect of coronavirus was felt on trade.
Passenger numbers have also fallen to 5.4 million, down 4.8% on last year after adjusting for the extra leap day, due to lower demand on Asian and European routes, which also negatively affects the amount of cargo travelling in belly hold. Demand has continued to weaken going into March and Heathrow expects a further year-on-year decrease in coming weeks.