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07 Jan 2021
The following is an update on the number of flight movements we expect to see at Heathrow in January along with our plans for runway operations.

Flight movements

At the end of November we outlined how we expected to see between 260-650 flight movements during December. The higher numbers were expected due to the ending of the national lockdown in England on 2 December, the introduction of policy to allow shortened quarantine times through testing on 15 December, and Christmas journeys to visit family and friends. The lowest number of flights in the month per day was 208 (Christmas Day) and the highest was 642 (19 December).

We are expecting flight and passenger numbers to be lower in January due to the current national lockdown, travel bans imposed as a result of the new COVID-19 variant, potential changes to the testing regime and the impact of Brexit. Based on our latest forecast and the information currently available, we are expecting to see between 250-460 flight movements a day during January. However, these numbers could vary as airline schedules are continuously being revised.

Runway operations

As as a result of ongoing tighter government COVID-19 restrictions and with a large number of countries now closed to UK air traffic, we have seen a significant reduction in passenger numbers at Heathrow, in addition to resourcing constraints. Consequently, on 1 January 2021 we consolidated our operations and returned to single runway operations.

At present we are not able to predict how long we will need to operate in this way, but we will continue to review this situation and will look to revert to our usual operation when the number of daily aircraft movements significantly increases. We will keep you updated to confirm when we expect to operate from both runways again.