Fewer long-haul passenger flights meant that cargo volume was down 21% in January.

Heathrow has urged the government to provide support for the aviation industry, so that it can survive the current crisis, including business rates relief, and an extension to the furlough scheme.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow said: “We support the Government in measures required to protect public health. But these additional requirements are essentially a border closure. That will inevitably delay the country’s recovery and hurt the UK’s supply chains.

“We need to see the flight plan for the safe restart of international travel as part of the Prime Minister’s roadmap on 22 February.”