The United Kingdom’s Heathrow Airport has once again called for there to be mandatory testing at airports on Tuesday, with it reporting a fall of 88% in July passenger numbers because of the ongoing travel restrictions that have continued to restrict the UK economy.
Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, claimed that 60% of its route network remained grounded, as it required passengers to quarantine for 14 days after arriving.
Whilst plenty of UK residents have opted to travel abroad after several months of lockdown measures, the UK government has already reinstated quarantine laws for those arriving from Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra.
Last week, Rishi Sunak, the finance minister, clamed that the government would not hesitate to add even more countries to the list of countries where quarantine is necessary.
On the other hand, Heathrow believes that proper testing of passengers at airports could be enough to keep routes safely open, thus helping the UK economy to start its revival.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye claimed that “Tens of thousands of jobs are being lose because Britain remains cut off from critical markets such as the U.S., Canada and Singapore”.
He also added that “The government can save jobs by introducing testing to cut quarantine from higher risk countries, while keeping the public safe from a second wave of COVID.”
Throughout July, around 860,000 passengers travelled through Heathrow, which is down by 88% from the same month of the previous year, yet the first ‘travel corridors’ formed by the UK government has meant that there has been a slight rise in air traffic since the start of the pandemic.
Heathrow is currently owned by a group of investors, including Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority and also China Investment Corporation.