Heathrow Airport’s passenger numbers rose 74% during the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year.
As part of the results, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye called on the government to call off the so-called ‘tourist tax’ as the airport reported adjusted losses of £139m in the first financial quarter and said there will be no dividends for shareholders in 2023.
Holland-Kaye said: “2023 has got off to a strong start, and I’m proud of the way colleagues are working together to deliver great passenger service every day.
“We are building our route network to connect all of Britain to the growing markets of the world – now we need the government to lure international visitors back to the UK by scrapping the ‘tourist tax’.”
In its financial results statement, Heathrow said “robust contingency plans” kept the airport running smoothly during the industrial action seen in the Easter peak period.
“Passengers can expect to travel as normal during the coronation and half-term peaks, regardless of further unnecessary strike action by Unite,” it added.