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Holidaymakers return but business travel remains weak, says Heathrow airport

London Heathrow Airport has recorded the largest number of passengers since the onset of the corona plague, but Covid-19 infection rates in the UK have kept business and incoming passengers away.

Demand rose last month after the UK government lifted travel restrictions, marking a significant improvement from a “very weak” start to the year, Heathrow said.

“Following very weak January and February, the number of passengers in March was the highest since the onset of the plague,” Heathrow said.

Demand was driven by “weekend getaways” and travel during school holidays, as the British enjoyed the freedom returned to them and many used vouchers from trips canceled due to the plague.

“Leisure travel and incoming business have remained weak due to high levels of Covid-19 in the UK and the requirement to perform a pre-return inspection,” it said.

Resources at the airport have been “stretched,” she added. Heathrow is looking forward to a busy summer with a number of passengers close to those of 2019, which will spur the airport to increase its resources “as soon as possible” with plans to add 12,000 new passengers.

“It’s fantastic to see the airport come back to life after two years,” said Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kay.

But the airport warned that the risks remained high as “it is unclear whether the jump in demand is sustainable.”

He said high fuel prices, potential new versions of Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine posed potential threats in the medium term.

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