‘We are far behind Europe.’ As the Heathrow employment crisis continues, tourism arrivals in the United Kingdom are plummeting.
According to Sun travel editor Lisa Minot, Britain is lagging well behind Europe in terms of tourism, with Heathrow Airport plummeting to the 15th busiest airport amid severe personnel shortages and Covid-related backlogs.
The Sun travel editor Lisa Minot blamed a “perfect storm” of the government’s sluggish reopening, the bank holiday weekend, staffing shortages, and a lack of planning for hours of waits at Heathrow, which is falling behind the rest of Europe in terms of popularity. She stated that the situation is not looking good, and industry experts are expressing serious concerns about the future of tourism in the United Kingdom as the country falls behind Germany’s Frankfurt airport, which has allegedly restored to pre-pandemic passenger levels. This is despite the fact that travel into the UK is still “80% lower” than it was before the outbreak.
“We should have anticipated this and seen significantly more border force personnel on the ground in Heathrow,” she slammed.
“By now, there should not be such a huge disturbance; we have had several months for border forces to move upstate to ensure they can manage the volume of people coming through.”
Despite the fact that the number of persons traveling into the UK is still “80% down” from pre-pandemic levels, Ms Minot voiced her surprise that Border Force and the government had been unable to take control of the situation and bring enough employees in.
The Sun travel editor went on to say that Britain is starting to “fall behind” other European airports in terms of passenger numbers and arrivals, which she claims would “put people off.”
However, she emphasized that one of the key causes of the confusion is the government’s continued assertion that public health is a “priority” owing to the Coronavirus, and that they are opening up in a safe, controlled, and “slow” manner.
Ms Minot also mentioned how industry insiders are “quite concerned” about the slow pace of reopening, claiming that the UK will lose out in the long run if it does not open up in the same manner the rest of Europe did.
“We are already seeing the likes of Schiphol in Amsterdam and Frankfurt airport almost at,” she said.