Charles de Gaulle Paris dethrones London Heathrow in the top of the busiest airports in Europe.
London's Heathrow International Airport (LHR) has lost its place as the busiest airport in Europe to the detriment of Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (GDC).
In 2019, London Heathrow Airport was the busiest in Europe, with over 80 million passengers. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rules imposed by the authorities, thousands of planes were detained on the ground and the ranking suffered.
Passenger air traffic is declining at Europe's major airports
The United Kingdom failed to approve the rapid testing of passengers at airports and so the number of passengers continued to decline from month to month.
In a press release, London airport officials said they expect the number of passengers to continue to fall, with a small increase forecast for 2021.
According to estimates, the number of passengers registered at London Heathrow will be 22,6 million in 2020 and 37,1 million in 2021. Initial forecasts for June forecast 29,2 million passengers by 2020 and 62,8 million by 2021.
The drastic reduction in the number of passengers is caused by the second wave of COVID-19 and the slow progress in the introduction of tests fast at airports by the British government. This would help reopen borders with "high epidemiological risk" countries.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport (GDC) in Paris, No. 1 in Europe
For the first time, Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport surpassed London Heathrow Airport in the top of the busiest airports in Europe. The podium is completed by Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Frankfurt Airport.
It must also be taken into account that Paris International Airport has seen a significant drop in passenger numbers and yet it managed to maintain a dominant position.
London Heathrow Airport's losses reached £ 1,5 billion in the first 9 months. At the same time, the number of passengers in Q3 remained decreasing by over 84%. Q3 revenue fell 72% to £ 239 million, and Q3 gross earnings fell to £ 37 million.
UK government announces intention to introduce rapid tests for passengers in countries at high epidemiological risk by 1 December. The measure could help revive the UK economy, as is already being done at Dutch airports, Germany and Franta.