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Facing long-term disruption to travel, with passenger numbers down 97% in May, Heathrow cut a third of its managerial roles and launched a voluntary severance scheme for frontline staff in June. The airport, which is the country’s largest port (by value), became a vital hub for medical supplies coming into the UK during the lockdown. Chief executive John Holland-Kaye, 55, has led calls for a global standard in health screening at airports. Plans for a third runway suffered a blow in February when the High Court ruled that the government had not adequately considered the Paris climate agreement when approving the expansion. The company is appealing the decision in the Supreme Court.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank13
CompanyHeathrow
ActivityAirport
LocationWest London
Sales £m3,070
Profit £m1,923
Year endDec 19
Principal shareholdersFerrovial (25%), Qatar Investment Authority (20%), CDPQ (13%), GIC (11%), Alinda (11%), others (20%)
Staff7,973
Founded1946
Websitewww.heathrow.com

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