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Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has called on the UK government to carry out an urgent review of its new travel restrictions, in light of the 10-20% reduction in passenger numbers since the introduction of Day 2 PCR tests.
The Day 2 PCR tests were announced to the UK aviation sector on November 27, 2021, as an additional measure against the Omicron variant, alongside the pre-departure tests already in place. According to the MAG Group’s data, this new rule increased the already substantial impact that Covid-19 has had on each of its airports:
Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands. MAG airports welcomed 6.6 million passengers from April 1 to September 30, 2021, compared with 36.4 million for the same period in 2019. Losing these 29.8 million passengers led the group to a reported loss of £75.7m (US$99.9m) before interest and tax during the six-month period.
By contrast, the group made £172.7m (US$227.9m) in profit for the same six months in 2019.
Though the group saw year-on-year revenues increase by £64.9m (US$85.6m), this figure was down 70% on the same period two years ago.
These figures showed that MAG passenger numbers remained 82% down on pre-pandemic levels in this period, despite initial early signs of recovery.