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Heathrow wants end to quarantine roulette and tests

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 29, 2020
The boss of Heathrow has called for airports to be allowed to test for coronavirus to avoid the cliff edge of quarantine.
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John Holland Kaye told the BBC the changes to travel guidance over Spain showed the need for an alternative.

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He said he wanted the government to work with it on the plan.

But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC that because the virus could develop over time, testing was not a "silver bullet".

Heathrow's passenger numbers were down 96% year on year between April and June. It posted a pretax loss of GBP1.1 billion in H1 of 2020, down from a GBP7 million profit in the same period a year ago.

"We are not at the point where there is a viable alternative to the 14 day quarantine," Mr Dowden said, adding that all options were under review.