As travellers wait anxiously to see if quarantine will be imposed for key destinations, the scale of damage to airlines and airports in the UK from the coronavirus pandemic has been revealed.
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has calculated that British aviation has suffered much more than any other European country since the Covid-19 started disrupting travel.
The latest estimate from Iata is that the UK will have 165 million fewer passengers than in 2019 by the end of the year.
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The airlines’ association calculates it will cost 780,000 British jobs, and cut nearly $60bn (£46bn) from the UK’s GDP.
Passenger demand in Europe is not expected to return to 2019 levels until 2024.
Rafael Schvartzman, Iata’s regional vice-president for Europe, said: “It is desperately worrying to see a further decline in prospects for air travel this year, and the knock-on impact for employment and prosperity.
“It shows once again the terrible effect that is being felt by families across Europe as border restrictions and quarantine continue.
“It is vital that governments and industry work together to create a harmonised plan for reopening borders.”