Heathrow area risks fate of 1980s mining towns, says airport boss

CEO condemns UK government’s Covid response, saying lack of airport testing risks tens of thousands of jobs

The boss of Heathrow airport has warned that its west London home of Hounslow risks becoming like “a mining town in the 1980s” with the collapse in air traffic putting tens of thousands of jobs at risk.

Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, urged the government to approve its Covid-19 testing regime to enable more travel, as the airport reported 1.4 million passengers in August, less than one-fifth of its normal traffic for the peak summer month.

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