The Heathrow Airport in London suffered 600,000 flight cancellation in December last year as cases related to the Omicron variant surged in the United Kingdom.

"Consumer confidence in travel has suffered a significant setback, which will outlast these restrictions," said Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of travel association ABTA.

The airport welcomed 19.4 million passengers last year, less than one-quarter of the level in 2019 before the pandemic struck. Passenger numbers dropped 12.3 percent compared with 2020.

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