Heathrow Airport is calling for the government to relax travel restrictions for incoming flights in an attempt to boost the UK economy and help recover the tourism sector.
Chief executive officer of the international travel hub John Holland-Kaye said: “The Government has the tools to protect the UK’s international competitiveness which will boost the economic recovery and achieve its Global Britain ambitions.”
He was speaking after a report revealed passenger numbers at Heathrow were 71 per cent lower in August 2021 than they were during the same month before the pandemic.
As a result, it has lost its title as the busiest airport in Europe and is now in tenth place, behind Paris and Frankfurt.
The latest figures showed there were just 2.23 million passengers at Heathrow Airport in August this year, and 11.98 million between September 2020 and August 2021.
Similarly, a report published in July 2021 revealed passenger numbers at Heathrow Airport dropped from 15.4 million in the six months leading to June 30th 2020 to 3.9 million during the same period this year. This is a significant 75.1 per cent decline over the 12-month period.
Therefore, Mr Holland-Kaye emphasised the importance of encouraging people to travel to Britain again, stating that if the government does not relax the travel restrictions this will result in the economy deteriorating further “as trade and tourists will increasingly by-pass the UK”.
Those who are either planning on heading abroad or visiting the UK soon should consider booking a chauffeur service so they can be picked up or dropped off at the airport in luxury.