Travel Industry News 23 January 2023

Heathrow welcomed 61.6 million passengers in 2022

Heathrow’s 2022 traffic ended at 76.6 per cent of pre-pandemic 2019 levels, with a total of 61.6 million passengers using the airport across the year.

The figure was also 42.2 million higher than in 2021, which the airport said made it the highest passenger increase of any airport in Europe.

More than 5.9 million travellers passed through the airport in December – up 90 per cent on the same period in 2021 – with New York JFK being the busiest route.

Teesside is the first UK airport to feature ‘all new’ security scanners.

The Government has set a June 2024 deadline for airports to install ‘next generation’ security scanners. These produce 3D images of your belongings and allow you to leave liquids and large electrical items in your cabin baggage. Amsterdam Schiphol has been using these scanners for some time and trial machines have been in place at other UK airports.

The 100ml limit on liquids will remain for now, albeit that liquids no longer need to be placed in a clear plastic bag.

The limit will be raised to 2 litres at some point in the future but, of course, this won’t help you if you are returning from an airport which doesn’t have the new style scanners. You shouldn’t throw away those clear plastic bags just yet …..

NASA Issues Award for Greener, More Fuel-Efficient Airliner of Future

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is seeking views on what environmental information should be provided to people when they are booking flights.  It follows consumer research undertaken by

NASA announced Wednesday it has issued an award to The Boeing Company for the agency’s Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project, which seeks to inform a potential new generation of green single-aisle airliners.

Under a Funded Space Act Agreement, Boeing will work with NASA to build, test, and fly a full-scale demonstrator aircraft and validate technologies aimed at lowering emissions.

Over seven years, NASA will invest $425 million, while the company and its partners will contribute the remainder of the agreement funding, estimated at about $725 million. As part of the agreement, the agency also will contribute technical expertise and facilities.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Delta to open two new Club lounges at New York JFK’s Terminal 4
  • Emirates to resume daily nonstop A380 services to Hong Kong
  • Lufthansa bids for stake in ITA Airways
  • British Airways is using a new lounge in Paris.
  • KLM Group Commits to 30% CO2 Emissions Reduction by 2030
  • American Airlines to add third daily Charlotte-Heathrow service.