Heathrow reports busiest January since pandemic

More than 5.4 million passengers travelled through London’s Heathrow Airport last month.

It marks the airport’s busiest start to the year since since 2020, before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic.

While still below the six million people that passed through Heathrow in January 2020, the numbers reflect the gradual increase in national and international air travel over the past year.

The airport also said that its passenger satisfaction scores now meet or exceed 2019 levels, with 98% of passengers waiting less than 10 minutes for security last month.

Border control staff went on strike for several days in December, although Heathrow said that the disruption had been “successfully managed”. Military personnel and civil servants covered the work of around 1,000 Border Force staff, with duties including checking passports.

The employees are planning a further day of strike action on 15 March to coincide with the Budget.

Meanwhile, members of the Unite union who work as security guards, engineers and firefighters at Heathrow are voting on whether to go on strike over Easter.