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Heathrow Airport: Employment levels no longer sustainable

Heathrow Airport: Employment levels no longer sustainable
Heathrow Airport: Employment levels no longer sustainable

London’s Heathrow Airport announced that employment levels are no longer sustainable, as UK government launches 14-day quarantine.

  • Passenger numbers in May continued at an all-time low (down 97% compared to the same time last year)
  • Grim picture is set to continue thanks to the Government’s quarantine policy which requires all arriving passengers to self-isolate for two weeks. In line with this decline, the airport has begun to restructure its frontline roles, having already cut 1/3rd of managerial roles.
  • Heathrow is urging the Government to establish ‘air bridges’ to low risk countries that will enable the country to restart its economy in earnest, protecting livelihoods in aviation and the sectors that rely on it.
  • Comes as aviation industry calls for a 12-months waiver in business rates for all airports in England and Wales, matching the support given to Scottish and Northern Irish airports and the UK’s hospitality and leisure sector.
  • Despite an increase in cargo only aircraft, overall cargo tonnage has decreased by 40% as the bulk of cargo usually travels in the belly hold of passenger planes.
  • Last month, Heathrow began trialing thermal screening technology in the immigration hall of Terminal 2 and the check in area in Terminal 5. These trials are part of a wider program looking at how technology could reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19 when travelling and in future could help create a Common International Standard for health screening.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said: “Throughout this crisis, we have tried to protect front line jobs, but this is no longer sustainable, and we have now agreed a voluntary severance scheme with our union partners. While we cannot rule out further job reductions, we will continue to explore options to minimize the number of job losses.”

Traffic Summary
May 2020
Terminal Passengers
(000s)
May 2020 % Change Jan to
May 2020
% Change Jun 2019 to
May 2020
% Change
Market
UK 12 -97.3 935 -50.6 3,882 -24.2
EU 92 -96.2 4,740 -55.4 21,584 -27.5
Non-EU Europe 11 -97.5 1,098 -51.4 4,534 -26.6
Africa 8 -96.9 800 -44.9 2,861 -24.4
North America 31 -98.2 3,275 -53.9 15,008 -24.8
Latin America 4 -96.7 314 -44.9 1,127 -24.5
Middle East 30 -94.2 1,684 -43.2 6,471 -21.6
Asia / Pacific 39 -95.6 2,234 -51.9 9,067 -27.9
Blanks 1 0.0 1 0.0 1 0.0
Total 228 -96.6 15,082 -52.1 64,535 -26.0
Air Transport Movements May 2020 % Change Jan to
May 2020
% Change Jun 2019 to
May 2020
% Change
Market
UK 216 -94.2 9,277 -41.4 34,186 -17.3
EU 1,428 -92.4 44,580 -48.1 168,016 -26.7
Non-EU Europe 270 -92.7 10,024 -45.2 35,292 -25.7
Africa 255 -79.1 3,887 -39.8 12,661 -22.5
North America 1,552 -79.3 20,291 -39.8 70,020 -22.0
Latin America 75 -85.3 1,510 -40.2 4,987 -25.0
Middle East 930 -60.4 8,439 -31.2 26,751 -18.6
Asia / Pacific 1,629 -57.9 12,181 -38.0 39,875 -22.8
Blanks 121 121 121
Total 6,476 -84.4 110,310 -43.4 391,909 -24.0
Cargo
(Metric Tonnes)
May 2020 % Change Jan to
May 2020
% Change Jun 2019 to
May 2020
% Change
Market
UK 59 -4.2 302 26.1 759 0.0
EU 4,694 -44.4 26,933 -31.7 81,921 -25.3
Non-EU Europe 2,856 -41.1 13,067 -44.5 46,530 -26.0
Africa 4,552 -46.9 26,771 -34.6 79,169 -22.5
North America 25,154 -44.4 174,257 -29.2 493,082 -24.7
Latin America 977 -79.4 12,506 -46.7 43,397 -28.0
Middle East 15,766 -26.5 83,653 -18.6 239,969 -12.8
Asia / Pacific 24,278 -40.3 126,180 -36.4 394,516 -27.5
Blanks 2,314 2,314 2,314
Total 80,650 -39.8 465,985 -31.3 1,381,659 -23.8

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