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Gatwick Airport has warned that UK travel will continue to lag substantially behind Europe and the US if the government doesn’t simplify travel rules (in particular testing). Passenger numbers were “very low” at 569,000 in the first six months of the year and Gatwick made a loss of £245m.
Like others in the travel industry, Gatwick is calling for no test requirements for travellers from “green list” countries, and for double-vaccinated travellers returning from amber countries; and a single lateral flow test for non-vaccinated people coming back from an amber destination.
Chief executive Stewart Wingate says:
In the UK we are all emerging to enjoy more freedoms due to our world class vaccination programme, however we are in danger of squandering the advantage that vaccination…