Passenger numbers plummeted by 223 million final 12 months, on account of the COVID-19 outbreak, new figures present.
Solely round 74 million individuals travelled by means of UK airports in 2020 – lower than 1 / 4 of the 297 million from the 12 months earlier than, knowledge from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals.
The airport which noticed the biggest drop in travellers was Cardiff, which took a success of 86.7%, adopted by Glasgow Prestwick, which noticed a decline of 85.8%.
Southampton noticed a drop of 83.4%, London Metropolis’s passengers fell by 82.3% and Leeds Bradford’s numbers decreased by 81.2%.
London Heathrow, the nation’s largest airport, and one of many busiest on the earth, recorded a 72.7% fall in numbers to 22.1 million – down from 80.9 million the 12 months earlier than.
It comes amid the near-total collapse of worldwide journey not simply within the UK, however globally, on account of the pandemic.
There had been a partial restoration over summer time and early autumn final 12 months, however as soon as restrictions have been re-imposed across the UK, journey all however stopped once more.
The Airport Operators Affiliation (AOA) has stated the figures present the “devastating influence” of the pandemic on the business.
AOA chief govt Karen Dee stated: “These figures lay naked the devastating influence COVID-19 has had on UK airports.
“With passengers down almost 90% between April and December 2020, airports’ financial output was decimated and important numbers of jobs have been misplaced.”
With travellers from virtually each vacationer vacation spot on the planet at the moment required to enter quarantine once they return to the UK, Ms Dee warned that the federal government’s “overly cautious” method to reopening journey means summer time can be “as unhealthy, if not worse, than 2020”.
She added: “This leaves UK airports trailing behind worldwide rivals within the EU and US, who not solely acquired considerably extra monetary help from their governments however are additionally now in a position to restart journey over the summer time.
“To make sure there are viable airports to help the economic system and authorities agendas like world Britain and levelling up, the federal government now faces the selection of both meaningfully restarting aviation or setting out a complete bundle of help to compensate airports for the influence of presidency coverage.”
Sky Information has contacted the Division of Transport for remark.