London Heathrow has enjoyed its busiest month in May for more than two years, reaching 79 per cent of May 2019 traffic levels.
The UK’s Hub Airport delivered 5.3 million passengers in May – its busiest month since March 2020, when the Covid-19 epidemic first struck.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said the airport was making “good progress” with plans to increase capacity this summer.
The airport insisted that despite the long queues and flight cancellations at many UK airports in recent weeks, 90 per cent of passengers were able to go through safety within 10 minutes in May.
Heathrow added that the number of flights canceled on short notice during a busy Jubilee half-term holiday week is no more than “any ordinary day.”
“We are working closely with airlines and the government to balance supply and demand as growth grows, so that passengers can travel with Heathrow with confidence this summer,” Holland-Kay said.
He again called on the CAA to allow the airport to increase its passenger charges, which are regulated by the UK Aviation Authority – a move that is strongly opposed by airlines.
“We now need a regulatory settlement from the CAA that protects the level of service and resilience, encourages investment and maintains affordable personal financing,” Holland-Kaye added.
“Failure to invest risk to degrade passenger experience at a time when activities were no more important than to ramp up smoothly.”
Terminal 4 will reopen on Tuesday (June 14) in the next phase of Heathrow’s recovery plans and will be set to be the first carrier to return to the Qatar Airways terminal.