London’s Heathrow Airport has reported a 2-billion-pound (2.8-billion-dollar) loss over the past year.
In its annual results, published on Wednesday, bosses at the airport said its passenger numbers fell by 72.7 per cent from 80.9 million to 22.1 million in 2020 – a level not seen since the 1970s.
Overall revenue also dropped by 62 per cent to 1.2 billion pounds.
More than 1,000 jobs have been cut by Heathrow, many through voluntary redundancy.
To help it survive during the crisis, Heathrow cut costs by nearly 400 million pounds, reduced spending by 700 million pounds and raised 2.5 billion pounds in funding.
It added that it ended the year with 3.9 billion of liquidity, which would be enough to see it through until 2023.
Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye has called for Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak to offer businesses 100 per cent rates relief and to extend the government-funded job scheme, known as the furlough scheme, next week when he outlines his budget for Britain.
“We can be hopeful for 2021, with Britain on the cusp of becoming the first country in the world to safely resume international travel and trade at scale,” Holland-Kaye said.
“Getting aviation moving again will save thousands of jobs and reinvigorate the economy.”