In a statement Britain’s Heathrow Airport said, the total number of passenger travelling through the airport in in July has surged, following the government easing travel restrictions; it however warned that overall numbers were still down by 80% compared to pre-pandemic levels and that many barriers continue to remain.
In July, more than 1.5 million travelers passed through the airport, making it the busiest month since March 2020, just before COVID-19 lockdowns began in Europe.
Airlines, including British Airways have been critical of the British government for not easing travel restrictions fast enough despite its fast vaccine roll-out and complicated rules which continue to include expensive coronavirus tests.
Heathrow Airport and British Airways, want to see the cost of testing reduced and more countries added to the government’s list of low risk countries.
Heathrow also called on Britain and the United States to reach an agreement to allow Britons to travel to the U.S.
Last month, the British government allowed fully vaccinated Britons to travel to medium risk countries without needing to quarantine on return, boosting passenger numbers by 74% compared to July last year.
Britain has since early August opened its borders to fully-vaccinated people from the U.S. and European Union.
Earlier this week, Heathrow Airport added U.S. carrier JetBlue to a list which allows it to start flying between London and New York.