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Jane Imrie

Heathrow boss calls on government to “streamline” travel rules

The boss at Heathrow Airport has urged the government to change rules for international travel in order to support the UK’s economic recovery.

Heathrow’s proposals are for the government to remove the amber list and create a two-tier system - a green list and red list - while retaining hotel quarantine.

The airport’s CEO made the comments as part of the group’s August traffic commentary, which showed that during the month the airport saw 71 per cent of traffic compared with the same period pre-pandemic.

The busiest airport in Europe in 2019, Heathrow is now 10th behind rival airports including Schiphol, Paris and Frankfurt.

Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye commented: “The Government has the tools to protect the UK’s international competitiveness which will boost the economic recovery and achieve its Global Britain ambitions.

“If Ministers fail to take this opportunity to streamline the travel rules then the UK will fall further behind as trade and tourists will increasingly by-pass the UK.”

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