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The UK’s busiest airport today resumed normal two-runway operations after nearly a year.

Heathrow’s south runway was initially closed on July 12 last year following the collapse in passenger traffic during the coronavirus pandemic, to save money.

Since winter, operations have alternated between the two runways. But since the entry into service on July 5, planes now use both runways.

Even though movements are still less than half of what they were in 2019, the goal is to minimize capacity delays.

The Managing Director of Heathrow also announced that Terminal 3 will reopen on July 15.

John Holland-Kaye said: “With passenger demand expected to increase when ministers allow fully vaccinated passengers to travel more freely, Heathrow is preparing to welcome you again.

“We have resumed operations on two runways and will reopen Terminal 3 from July 15, when all Virgin Atlantic and Delta services will resume in Q3. “

Currently only two of Heathrow’s four terminals are in use: Terminals 2 and 5.

Terminal 4 is currently used for direct arrivals from “red list” countries such as India, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. There are no plans to open it for normal operations until next year.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Heathrow was the busiest airport in Europe.

According to Air Service One data, compiled by Ralph Anker, it had fallen to 17th place by May 2021 – but Heathrow still handled five times as many passengers as any other UK airport.

The busiest airports in Europe are in Moscow and Istanbul. In Western Europe, the ranking is dominated by Madrid with Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris CDG and Palma de Mallorca in the top five.

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Source: www.independent.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-07-05 15:28:48

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