Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Heathrow's plea for Covid testing as traffic remains 88% down YOY


Heathrow bosses have repeated their plea to the government to introduce Covid-19 tests at UK airports after reporting a 88% drop in traffic at the airport during July.

They're blaming the government's mandatory quarantine for arrivals from key overseas destinations for the fact that 60% of the airport's routes remain grounded.

More than half of the 480,000 passengers who flew from Heathrow in July were travelling to European summer holiday destinations to where the UK has opened quarantine-free 'travel corridors'.

However, 40% of flights, mainly to long-haul and predominantly business destinations, remain grounded.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "Tens of thousands of jobs are being lost because Britain remains cut off from critical markets such as the US, Canada and Singapore.

"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."

Holland-Kaye has suggested passengers are tested twice, once on arrival and again five to eight days later to ensure those who have the virus are detected.

Heathrow has claimed it could have testing in place by early next month, but ministers have so far rejected calls to introduce Covid-19 tests at UK airports to replace its quarantine rules, claiming that a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for arrivals from higher-risk countries is a better way to prevent the virus spreading.


By Linsey McNeill, Editor (UK)

Story Image

Your Comments

, be the first to post a comment.
Your email:

Email other comments made to this story

NOTE: Comments are subject to admin approval before being posted.
  • Negative COVID-19 test Certificate at Brussels Airport

    As of Monday, Passengers who are returning from a red area can get themselves Tested immediately upon their Arrival at the airport. In a Second phase, when the on-site lab is operational at the airport (end of September), Departing passengers too will be able to get a Test. Passengers who e.g. are travelling to a country that requires a negative COVID-19 test Certificate, will be able to obtain this Certificate at the Airport.....

    By Terry McManus, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Dubai.Tests both Arrivals and Departures

    UK must do the Same.....From Saturday August 1, all passengers travelling From Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) to the UK, Europe and other mandated destinations will be required to take a PCR test no more than 96 hours before Departure. A negative test result certificate will be Required for check-in on arrival at the airport. Dubai Airports

    By Terry McManus, Monday, August 24, 2020

  • Save our businesses and livelihoods

    Border shutdowns are killing businesses and livelihoods world-wide. The lack of industry leadership on this issue has been appalling. Webinars with endless discussions achieve little. Please SIGN & SHARE the petition to re-open borders safely strictly under WTTC guidelines.

    By Brinley Waddell, Monday, August 24, 2020

  • Not for USA Originating

    As results in USA are taking between 5 and 10 Days this policy would not work. IMHo you should be given a choice..14 Days at UK home Quarantine or Test and 3 Days at a Safe Heathrow area Hotel and if OK release.

    By Lord Kent, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

  • Why test on arrival?

    It seems to me that testing on arrival would be a logistical nightmare. Arriving pax, especially on slightly later flights would hit massive queues. Why not adopt the Dubai mechanism: All pax must have a recent (< 72 hrs) negative PCR test in order to fly. From a public health point-of-view it's more effective than quarantine. From a logistical perspective, it's an extra minute or so at check-in. Lastly, it's enforceable, which quarantine certainly isn't. Such a system isn't foolproof, but Dubai is insisting on the use of certain laboratories only for those countries where falsifying tests,e.g. by swapping identities, is rife.

    By Peter Lewis, Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Mole Poll
Would you fly on a Boeing Max when it resumes service?
yes 45.4 %
no 54.6 %

Thank you for your vote

What is GoodtoGo?

Submit your news
or special offer

Current UK Special Edition

Current US Special Edition

Current Asia/Pacific Special Edition


Tom Garzilli of Brand USA talks to TravelMole

Learn how to easily build and book $5-10k road trips for your customers this Autumn

Nick Cooper of Holiday Pirates gives insight into the UK Travel Market

South Africa Inbound? What are the prospects and what is the future ..the industry talks to T'Mole