According to London Heathrow Airport, May 2022 was the busiest month since the COVID-19 epidemic began.
The busiest airport in the UK saw a total of 5.3 million passengers in May 2022, up from 5 million the month before. The airport’s updated annual passenger traffic prediction is in line with the passenger statistics.
According to current Heathrow projections, 53 million people will use the airport overall in 2022. The airport had stated that it anticipated 2022 passenger volume to total 45.5 million.
“We continue to make good progress with our plans to ramp up capacity and are working closely with airlines and government to keep supply and demand in balance as we grow, so that passengers can travel through Heathrow this summer with confidence,” Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye said.
In addition, the airport’s Terminal 4 reopened on June 14, 2022, two years after it had been shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on decreasing passenger traffic. 30 additional airlines will follow Qatar Airways as the first to resume operations in Terminal 4.
Prior to peak travel times, Heathrow’s T1, T2, and T5 will have more room thanks to Terminal 4’s reopening. In order to maintain efficient passenger service throughout the summer, the airport management is also hiring 1,000 more security employees.
The UK’s largest airports, notably Heathrow, have been experiencing long lines as well as several flight cancellations and delays over the past few weeks due to a lack of employees.