The golden age of air travel is over for good, says Heathrow boss

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The golden age of air travel is over for good, says Heathrow boss

Travel leaders see nothing but pain ahead until it a transformed industry eventually re-emerges

Oliver Gill

Last week, the boss of Europe’s busiest airport should have been addressing the great and the good of the UK aviation industry.

But, like get-togethers across the world, the monthly Aviation Club lunch had been canceled because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Had the event gone ahead, the top brass from the likes of British Airways, Airbus and Rolls-Royce would have heard Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye deliver a particularly gloomy assessment.

“Until there is a cure or a vaccination, it is likely that travel between countries will only happen if each considers the other to be low risk,” his speech read. “Leaving the middle seat empty on planes cannot be a long-term solution.”..

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