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New rules require people arriving in England to present a negative COVID-19 test. Image Credit: AFP

London: The boss of Britain’s biggest airport Heathrow said that new rules requiring people arriving in England to present a negative COVID-19 test result must only be temporary and the government must plan for how to end it.

“It can only be a temporary measure,” Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye told BBC Radio on Friday.

“We need to have a roadmap for how we get out of this because aviation is vital to us as a small island trading nation.” He also said that vaccination programmes in Britain and other countries gave him hope for a travel recovery later this year.

“We’ll see flights starting to come back and passenger numbers building up through the summer and then into the autumn,” he said.