Flight arrivals down 89% in July despite travel corridors

The number of people arriving in the UK by air in July was 89% lower than during the same month last year, new figures show.

Some 1.3 million passengers flew into the UK last month compared with 11.1 million in July 2019, the Home Office said.

But the figures do indicate a rise in demand for air travel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The average number of monthly arrivals by air in April, May and June was below 200,000.

Countries & territories in Europe from which people don’t need to quarantine on arrival in the UK
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Since July 10, arrivals from certain countries have been exempt from the requirement to enter quarantine for 14 days.

The list has been amended several times in light of changes to countries’ coronavirus case numbers.

Gatwick Airport announced on Wednesday that it plans to cut around 600 jobs due to the impact of the pandemic on passenger numbers.

This represents nearly a quarter of its workforce.

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