New quarantine rules 'could devastate air travel' and lead to 25,000 job losses at Heathrow, warns airport boss

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New quarantine rules could devastate air travel and lead to 25,000 job losses at Heathrow, the airport's boss claimed today.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye told ITV News the UK's economic recovery was at a 'critical moment'.

He warned the airport was just weeks away from cutting frontline jobs. One third of the airport's management posts have already been axed.

Travellers arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days under new quarantine rules introduced by the government from today.

Mr Holland-Kaye said new border checks were working smoothly because 'nobody is flying'.

We've already heard airlines are cutting about a third of all of their jobs. If that applies at Heathrow that's about 25,000 jobs being lost in our local community. We are the biggest local employer. One in four local households rely on us for their livelihoods so this would be devastating fore local communities.

JOHN HOLLAND-KAYE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE HEATHROW AIRPORT