Passenger concerns about international travel by airplane
Numerous cancellations of business flights at London-Heathrow
Despite the reopening of US air borders to international travel, the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus is hampering the recovery of the British airline industry. At London-Heathrow airport the demand for air travel in November was affected by the new restrictions introduced by the British government. Cancellations of business travel bookings especially flourished due to fears that people could be trapped overseas.
"It is likely to take several years" before international travel returns to 2019 levels. That's why there is a need for the government to relax measures as soon as possible. That "would send a strong signal that travel restrictions will be safely removed as soon as possible to give passengers the confidence to book for 2022, opening up thousands of new jobs for local people at Heathrow", said London-Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye.
The manager looks ahead to the year-end vacations and declares, "Let's get families together for Christmas".
According to traffic data published in these days by Heathrow airport, in October demand marked a -56% compared to 2019, while in November passenger volume recorded a -60% when compared to pre-pandemic levels. However, the Christmas recovery would be a sign of restart that could give confidence to "Heathrow employers to start hiring and training" new staff.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency