The Guardian - Joanna Partridge

Passenger numbers in first half up 42% on a year earlier but still down on pre-pandemic levels

Heathrow airport has said it remains loss-making despite having some of its busiest days on record during the first half of the year as travel demand continued to bounce back from the Covid crisis.

More than 37 million passengers travelled through Europe’s busiest airport in the six months to the end of June, a 42% increase compared with a year earlier.

The airport said overall passenger numbers remained below the levels seen before the pandemic, and the cost of living crisis could affect demand for international travel in the second half of the year.

Heathrow made an adjusted pre-tax loss of £139m for the six months to 30 June, which represents a halving of its losses from a year earlier.

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