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World Heathrow calls for UK airport virus tests after £1-bn loss

14:13  29 july  2020
14:13  29 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The boss of Heathrow has called for airports to be allowed to test for coronavirus to avoid the "cliff edge" But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC that because the virus could develop over time Under current rules, those arriving in the UK from certain countries must self-isolate for 14 days.

London Heathrow airport ramped up pressure on the U . K . government to introduce Covid-19 testing for people arriving in Britain as restrictions on travel So- called travel corridors allowing unfettered travel cover only 30% of Heathrow ’s markets, while the reimposition of self-isolation for arrivals from

London's Heathrow airport on Wednesday urged the government to create a coronavirus testing programme for travellers to replace quarantines, as it announced more than a billion pounds in losses in 2020.

a group of people standing in a room: Heathrow wants Britain to copy Germany, where travellers arriving from countries with high levels of coronavirus are tested instead of being ordered into quarantine © Ina FASSBENDER Heathrow wants Britain to copy Germany, where travellers arriving from countries with high levels of coronavirus are tested instead of being ordered into quarantine

The air hub, usually the busiest in Europe, said it had recorded a pre-tax loss of £1.1 billion ($1.4 billion, 1.2 billion euros) in the first six months of the year, as the pandemic decimates the aviation sector.

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Heathrow airport believes overall passenger volumes for this year will be about 60% lower than in 2019. The chief executive of Heathrow airport has said that the UK government must urgently introduce a passenger testing regime or face playing a game of “quarantine roulette”, after reporting

Heathrow Airport ’s chief executive has called on the Government to help ease quarantine restrictions on passengers arriving from higher-risk countries with a scheme for coronavirus tests on landing. John Holland-Kaye said the testing could be “up and running” in a fortnight after Boris Johnson warned

Revenues halved year-on-year while passenger numbers dropped 96 percent in the second quarter, as air travel came to a virtual standstill due to COVID-19 lockdowns around the world, it said.

"Today's results should serve as a clarion call for the government -- the UK needs a passenger testing regime and fast," chief executive John Holland-Kaye said in a statement.

"Without it, Britain is just playing a game of quarantine roulette."

Heathrow has been among the critics of the British government's controversial weekend decision to quarantine all travellers arriving from Spain, following a recent spike in virus cases there.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Heathrow Airport , Europe's busiest airport , called on Britain to urgently introduce a passenger testing regime, warning that without one it would lose a game of global "quarantine roulette" after coronavirus stalled aviation. The worst public health crisis since the 1918

Heathrow Airport ’s chief executive has called on the Government to help ease quarantine restrictions on passengers arriving from higher-risk countries with a scheme for coronavirus tests on landing. John Holland-Kaye said the testing could be “up and running” in a fortnight after Boris Johnson warned

It follows the introduction earlier this month of a so-called traffic light quarantine system, in which passengers from countries deemed high-risk are ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

Critics would like the UK to follow the lead of countries like France and Germany and screen passengers from such places.

"Testing offers a way to safely open up travel and trade to some of the UK's biggest markets which currently remain closed," Holland-Kaye added.

"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."

- 'Swift and decisive' -

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the latest quarantine moves, warning "swift and decisive" action was needed as Europe sees a "second wave" of the virus.

Officials are thought to be weary of an airport testing system because they fear it will miss people who have contracted the virus but are yet to display symptoms.

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Heathrow Airport wants to trial testing passengers for Covid-19 when they arrive in the UK . The problem with asymptomatic patients is that the swab may not have been deep enough to capture traces of the virus or because the viral load is in the lungs and not detectable by swabs.

The second-quarter loan loss provision was more than the £ 1 .4 bn analysts had expected and brings total credit While Barclays said it expected lower loan loss provisions in the second half of the year, it warned that the Airport calls for passenger Covid-19 tests comes as it reports 96% fall in travellers.

Heathrow -- which is owned by a consortium led by Spanish construction giant Ferrovial -- said it expects a gradual recovery in air travel but that passenger volumes would still be more than 60 percent down on last year.

In response the hub has cut its operating costs by at least £300 million and cancelled or paused over £650 million in projects.

The airport, which directly employs 7,000 staff, has already begun voluntary redundancies and reduced its management by a third.

Around 76,000 people work at Heathrow, employed by approximately 400 companies, including airlines.

Meanwhile, its controversial plan to build a third runway is on-hold for at least two years amid an ongoing legal battle.

Environmental campaigners in February won a court case arguing that the government had failed to take into account its own climate change commitments in the decision.

Heathrow has appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court.

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