Heathrow will close one of its two runways from April 6, after air traffic demand plummeted as a result of the corona virus pandemic.
The move will follow shortly after IAG, owner of British Airways, the largest airline at the airport has announced further cuts in services.
The airport currently alternates the flights that take off and land on each runway, and changes every two weeks during the day.
In a statement, Heathrow said: “This is a temporary measure due to the unprecedented impact of the Corona virus outbreak and provides us with greater resilience and security for our colleagues, passengers and cargo.
“It should be noted that we are currently allowing significantly fewer flights around the world due to travel restrictions.”
The hub airport is normally one of the busiest in the world and is almost 100 percent busy throughout the year.
Note that previous Gatwick and Manchester airports have both reduced operations to a single terminal, while London City Airport has completely closed for a month.