Heathrow Terminal 5
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Heathrow reported a drop in traffic during September, with a loss of 5.5 million passengers over the course of the month.
Jane Imrie

Heathrow boss: Government must “act quickly to save the millions of UK jobs”

The CEO of Heathrow Airport has spoken about the importance of acting quickly when it comes to implementing passenger testing.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye has said that the government needs to progress its testing programme for air passengers in order to support the UK’s economic recovery as well as the livelihoods of those in the aviation industry.

The news comes as the airport reported a drop in traffic during September, with a loss of 5.5 million passengers over the course of the month.

Just over 1.2 million passengers travelled through Heathrow last month - a decrease of 82 per cent compared to 2019.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, commented: “The Government’s Global Travel Taskforce is a great step forward, but needs to act quickly to save the millions of UK jobs that rely on aviation.

“Implementing “test and release” after 5 days of quarantine would kickstart the economy.

“But the government could show real leadership by working with the US to develop a Common International Standard for pre-departure testing that would mean that only Covid-free passengers are allowed to travel from high risk countries.”

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