The impacts of coronavirus have hit London Heathrow hard. Last year, the crisis prompted its passenger figures to drop by more than 70%, from nearly 81 million to just over 22 million. The airport has also lost a considerable amount of its workforce during the downturn. Now, it is eying a recruitment drive ahead of what it hopes will be a busy summer.
Over the past 20 months, airports and airlines have come to terms with stifled passenger demand levels amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Travel restrictions or even outright bans have kept people away from hubs like London Heathrow for the most part, with cargo playing an increasingly important role instead. For Heathrow, it has been particularly tough.
For Heathrow, the reason for this is that it can’t rely on a domestic or Schengen network in the same way that similar hubs elsewhere in the world can.