Some 600,000 passengers canceled flights at Heathrow in 2021 due to the omicron

Travelers at Heathrow airport, in a file photo. EFE / EPA / ANDY RAIN

London, Jan 11 (EFE) .- At least 600,000 passengers canceled their plans to fly from the British Heathrow airport in December 2021 due to the omicron variant of the coronavirus and the introduction of more severe travel restrictions, indicated this Tuesday the aerodrome.
The increase in cases due to the omicron led to the implementation of harsh measures in travel since the end of last November, such as the requirement for all passengers arriving in the United Kingdom to undergo a covid-19 test before flying and isolation until receiving a negative result of a PCR performed two days after arrival in the country.
All this caused many travelers to cancel their travel plans last Christmas.
According to data released today by Heathrow, a total of 19.4 million people used that airport throughout 2021, which represented less than 25% of the prepandemic levels of 2019 and 12.3% less compared to 2020.
“There are currently air restrictions, such as tests, on all routes that pass through Heathrow. The aviation industry will only fully recover when all of these are lifted and there is no risk that they will be reimposed on short notice. “UK Airfield CEO John Holland-Kaye observed today.
Travel to and from the Asia Pacific region in 2021 was down 40.3% from the previous year; Trips to non-European destinations also fell 13.8%, and North America fell 13.6%.
Instead, domestic travel broke the trend, with a 21.1% boost in the number of passengers in 2021, compared to 2020, according to information released by Heathrow.

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