Final yr simply 91,400 passenger flights touched down on the west London hub, down 61 per cent on 2019, in line with information from aviation analysts Cirium.
That despatched it tumbling down the worldwide league desk of airports, as ranked by passenger plane arrivals, from ninth to thirty first.
It locations Heathrow, which for many years has been one of many world’s high 10 busiest hubs and one of the well-known names in world aviation, beneath “second tier” regional US airports equivalent to Salt Lake Metropolis and Orlando.
The information is the most recent proof of how Britain’s foremost airport has been humbled by the collapse in worldwide journey throughout the pandemic.
The checklist is now dominated by US and Chinese language airports that rely closely on home moderately than worldwide journey.
The busiest airport on the earth final yr was Atlanta, with 259,700 arriving passenger flights, down solely 40 per cent, adopted by Dallas, with 235,100 arrivals, down 30 per cent.
Seven of the highest 10 had been American airports and three had been Chinese language, led by Guangzhou in sixth place.
Nevertheless, Heathrow held on to its place as second busiest European airport, behind Amsterdam Schiphol which had 100,900 arrivals.
The information comes days earlier than an anticipated announcement on recent guidelines for passengers arriving within the UK that would embody proof of a unfavorable Covid-19 check consequence taken inside 72 hours of departure.
Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has repeatedly warned in regards to the harm being brought on to the airport and the UK aviation sector by the restrictions on worldwide journey imposed by the Authorities because the summer time however ministers have insisted they’re needed to scale back the danger of an infection by passengers arriving from overseas.
A Heathrow spokesperson, stated: “The UK’s aviation sector has successfully been grounded 3 times up to now yr, damaging the nationwide economic system and jeopardising jobs.
“The Prime Minister’s imaginative and prescient of a International Britain hangs within the stability and he must take pressing motion to make good on his guarantees now that we now have left the EU. The UK must take a lead on establishing a standard worldwide customary for pre-departure testing and put in place steps that may enable for the protected reopening of borders as quickly as this lockdown ends.”
Cirium chief government Jeremy Bowen stated: “The disaster brought on a big discount in international flight volumes with airways working 49 per cent fewer flights in 2020 than in 2019.
“Nevertheless, China is least affected — solely 24 per cent down verses 2019 — and Chinese language airways and airports both moved up or into the worldwide high 10 airways and airport teams.”