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Britain was a world leader in travel. Not anymore

09/16/2021| 6:34:03 PM| 中文

Heathrow’s passenger numbers were down 71% in August versus the same month in 2019.

Britain's strict Covid-19 testing requirements for overseas visitors and Brits wishing to holiday abroad had a "devastating impact" on the UK travel industry this summer, causing it to fall behind European rivals and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

That's according to Britain's Travel Association, which said Tuesday that more than two thirds of its members are planning further layoffs once government support for wages comes to an end later this month. London's Heathrow Airport, meanwhile, revealed Monday that it is now Europe's tenth busiest airport, slipping from the top spot in 2019.

"The government needs to wake up to the damage its policies are doing to the UK travel industry and the impact they will have on the wider economic recovery," Travel Association CEO Mark Tanzer said in a statement. "A diminished holiday industry is a diminished aviation industry with fewer routes and fewer flights. That's not how you achieve a global Britain," he added.

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