The UK must introduce a testing on arrival regime if it wishes to maintain a leading position in global aviation, Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye has argued.
Echoing concerns from the International Air Transport Association earlier, he argued the country was already suffering.
“Britain’s economic recovery is falling behind,” he said.
“Heathrow’s traffic figures for August demonstrate the extent to which quarantine is strangling the economy, cutting British businesses off from their international markets and blocking international students, tourists and investors from coming here to spend money.
“The government has announced it is looking at the options for reducing quarantine for passengers who test negative for Covid-19 – but ministers urgently need to turn words into action.
“Every day of further government delay costs British jobs and livelihoods.”
The comments come as Heathrow releases figures showing just 1.4 million guests passed through the airport in August, down 81.5 per cent from the same month last year…