Published on : Tuesday, August 17, 2021
According to Gatwick Airport authorities, with more than 75 per cent of UK adults double vaccinated, the government should take advantage of its world-leading programme. Passenger numbers at the Gatwick Airport remained very low, at just 569,000, in the first six months of the year.
This was mainly due to the impact of Covid-19 and the associated international travel bans. While Gatwick remained open throughout the pandemic all revenue streams were impacted. The collapse in passenger demand along with government restrictions led to a £245 million loss for the six-month period.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport said in a statement that in the UK everyone is emerging to enjoy more freedoms due to world class vaccination programme. However, he mentioned that people are in danger of squandering the advantage that the vaccination programme has given to international travel.
He said that the government needs to act and remove unnecessary and costly PCR testing requirements for passengers, particularly for those double vaccinated. He said that UK travel recovery should not be allowed to lag behind the US and Europe. He also mentioned passengers need travel rules simplified so they can choose to travel more freely and enjoy much needed breaks and reunions with family and friends.