Heathrow boss calls for common international health check standard to be used at all airports to help air traffic recover from a corona virus pandemic
- John Holland-Kaye wants all airports to use the same health control system
- He believes it would help people travel with confidence after the pandemic
- The boss also claimed that standard screening could boost the UK economy
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Governments around the world should agree on a common standard for airport medical screening, Heathrow boss said.
General Manager John Holland-Kaye claimed that a single passenger health assessment system will help people travel with confidence when the corona virus crisis recedes and demand for air travel increases.
He said the measures would be a major stimulus to the UK economy.
Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye calls on governments around the world to apply the same airport health check standards
Heathrow CEO said the measures would boost people’s confidence to travel when the coronavirus crisis recedes and could boost the UK economy. Heathrow was empty during the normally busy Easter weekend
Mr. Holland-Kaye said, “Heathrow continues to serve the nation by keeping vital supply lines open and helping people get home.
“Now is the time to agree on a common international standard for airport health screening, so that when this crisis recedes, people can travel with confidence and we can get the UK economy moving again.”
Tourists have ridiculed the ‘shocking’ lack of testing on their return to the UK during the pandemic.
Some passengers told it Press Association other countries seemed to take Covid-19 much more seriously with medical questionnaires and health checks at land borders and travel terminals.
In the first few weeks of March, at the onset of the crisis, holidaymakers from countries affected by the pandemic returned to the UK complaining that they were not being monitored when they landed.
Then, leading scientist Neil Ferguson admitted at the Andrew Marr show on April 5 that airport officials only stopped and isolated a third of the British who returned to the UK with coronavirus.
Heathrow announced that passenger numbers dropped by 52 percent in March compared to the same month in 2019.
Many of the 3.1 million trips were repatriations as people flew to and from central West London to reach their homes.
Professor Neil Ferguson said that more than two thirds of the British who returned to airports from countries affected by the coronavirus were missed and were not forced to isolate
The airport warned that it expects passenger numbers to fall by more than 90 percent year-on-year for the whole of April, with ‘predicted lasting and significant sector-wide effects’.
Due to the collapse in demand, the airport switched to a single runway on April 6 and two terminals will be closed in the coming weeks.
These measures will “protect long-term jobs” by reducing operating costs and help Heathrow “remain financially resilient,” the airport added.
Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air announced a major round of layoffs, which will amount to nearly a fifth of its workforce.
Wizz Airlines has announced layoffs, which will affect a fifth of its staff, as it only controls three percent of its capacity. (Photo: Stock)
About 1,000 people will lose their jobs, and pilots, cabin crew and office workers will receive a 14 percent cut in wages.
The airline said it made the decision because it now only uses three percent of its pre-coronavirus capacity.
Most of its employees are not based in the UK.