Heathrow overtaken by Paris Charles de Gaulle as busiest Europe airport
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Britain’s failure to introduce passenger testing has seen Heathrow overtaken by Paris’s Charles de Gaulle for the first time as Europe’s busiest airport, its boss said today.
Announcing a 58.7% crash in revenue to £951million and pre-tax losses of £1.5billion in the first nine months of 2020, chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “Britain is falling behind because we’ve been too slow to embrace passenger testing. European leaders acted quicker and now their economies are reaping the benefits.
“Paris has overtaken Heathrow as Europe’s largest airport for the first time ever, and Frankfurt and Amsterdam are quickly gaining ground.
“Bringing in pre-departure COVID tests and partnering with our US allies to open a pilot airbridge to America will kickstart our economic recovery and put the UK back ahead of our European rivals.”