LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - Heathrow Airport called on the British government to urgently introduce a passenger testing regime, warning that the country risked losing a game of global “quarantine roulette” after passenger numbers tumbled 96% in the second quarter.
“The UK needs a passenger testing regime and fast,” Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said. “Without it, Britain is just playing a game of quarantine roulette.”
“Our European competitors are racing ahead with passenger testing, if the UK doesn’t act soon global Britain will be nothing more than a campaign slogan,” Holland-Kaye said.
Passenger numbers fell 96% in the second quarter while cargo volumes fell over 30%. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Paul Sandle)