The British airport, however, says it does not expect to return to its pre-pandemic traffic levels for several years, because of “the global economic crisis, the war in Ukraine, the impact of Covid-19”.
Heathrow airport in London, one of the main in Europe, wants to recruit 25,000 people to be deployed during peaks in demand, he said on Wednesday after the many malfunctions of the summer.
The airport, however, says it does not expect to return to pre-pandemic traffic levels for several years, due to “the global economic crisis, the war in Ukraine, the impact of Covid-19”.
“Although demand is stronger, it has not fully recovered from the pandemic,” continues Heathrow, which puts on 60 to 62 million passengers over the full year, around 25% less than in 2019. The London “hub” saw “18 million passengers this summer, more than any other European +hub+, although we were hit harder than our European rivals during the confinements”, he comments in a press release. .
“A huge logistical challenge”
Heathrow says that “its priority is to be able to meet the demand for photos and that for this it needs to recruit 25,000 people who have been validated by the government security services, which represents a huge logistical challenge”, he acknowledges.
He says “the vast majority of passengers at Heathrow have had good service this summer”, although the spring and summer holiday months have been marked by strikes and staff shortages which have resulted in service problems. endless queues, delays, baggage handling problems and flight cancellations.
As previously reported, the airport on October 30 removed the cap on the number of flights it had activated in the heart of summer to prevent further malfunctions.
He says he is working on a “targeted mechanism” with airlines to meet demand during the few days of peak demand before the Christmas holidays, which raises expectations of a possible return of flight restrictions.
The group says its balance sheet remains “solid” despite losses which have amounted to £400 million since the start of the year “knowing that the regulated revenues” of airports, namely the fees they are entitled to manufacturer to carriers, “does not produce [ses] costs”.
This loss over nine months is in addition to 4 billion losses over the past two years, insists Heathrow, in full tussle with the British air authorities and carriers on this issue.