Gatwick airport boss says passengers should have coronavirus tests 48 hours before flying after lockout

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Travelers should be forced to undergo coronavirus testing 48 hours before takeoff after the lockout is completed, said the Gatwick airport boss.

The terminal chief executive also asked passengers to carry “health passports” to prove that they have everything they need and that they wear face covers during flights.

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    A passenger traveling from Europe is tested at Incheon International Airport, South Korea5
A passenger traveling from Europe is tested at Incheon International Airport, South KoreaCredit: Alamy

Similar mandatory measures are already being considered elsewhere in Europe after the deadly outbreak that paralyzed travel around the world.

Stewart Wingate told The Times, “The question of whether these tests should be done at airports or whether they would be better done in communities is an issue that should be debated.

“For example, would it be better for a passenger to arrive at an airport with some sort of certification stating” I have been checked in the past 48 hours and I do not have a Covid? “

“These are the kinds of things that I am sure will be taken care of by the restart and recovery group. “

He added, “Passengers are traveling more and more with face covers and I’m sure this is something the government team will consider. “

    Passengers who traveled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport in March5
Passengers who traveled on a repatriation flight from Peru arrive at Gatwick Airport in MarchCredit: PA: Press Association
    Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick, requested pre-flight tests5
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick, requested pre-flight testsCredit: Getty – Contributor

The Department of Transportation has set up a working group of government officials and aviation experts to examine measures to help global air transport recover from the pandemic.

British airports and airlines would have been hit more severely by travel restrictions than those from other European countries.

It was estimated The number of passengers in Britain would be reduced by 140 million this year compared to 2019, which would cost £ 21.2 billion in lost revenue.

Airlines including Virgin Atlantic and Loganair have already applied for state loans, and fears are that others will close without government assistance.

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A masked worker walks through a deserted Gatwick AirportCredit: Ian Whittaker – The Sun

The Times says it understands the government is considering options to maintain social distance and prevent further spread of the virus when travel around the world resumes.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Friday that controls on air passengers arriving in the UK would remain “under review”.

Ministers admitted last week that 15,000 passengers a day were still flying in Britain without temperature control or antibody testing.

The lack of screening allowed passengers from hard-hit cities like New York to enter Britain without being screened.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye called for international rules which could include temperature checks and a requirement that all passengers have a health passport.

It also demanded the publication by Public Health England of data supporting its claims that the temperature tests were ineffective – which did not lead to any government-controlled checks at UK airports.

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