Data released by the UK Civil Aviation Authority shows that passenger numbers travelling through UK airports last summer [2020] plunged to their lowest level since 1975, laying bare the devastating impact of the pandemic. 14.1m passengers travelled through UK airports from July to September 1975, rising to 14.8m in 1976. In contrast, 14.2m passengers travelled through UK airports in the same period in 2020. Across the year 2020, passenger levels plunged by 75.2% to levels not seen since 1985. In 1985, airports reported 70.1m passengers, rising to 74.8m in 1986. In 2020, airports reported 73.8m, less than a quarter of

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