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Heathrow will see queues of ‘1km for each plane’ under social distancing

The chief executive of Heathrow Airport has said that under social distancing measures there will be a 1km ques for “each jumbo jet.”

He warned that airports in the UK do not have the space to implement social distancing and it “won’t work in aviation.”

John Holland-Kaye has called on the Prime Minister to look into finding a “common international standard” before flights resume.

Heathrow’s chief said that “prices would shoot up” as social distancing will reduce capacity by more than 50%.

Holland-Kaye wrote in The Daily Telegraph, “Forget social distancing, it won’t work in aviation or any other form of public transport, and the problem is not the plane, it is the lack of space in the airport.

“Just one jumbo jet would require a queue a kilometre long.”

He added, “The Prime Minister has talked about restarting the engines of the British economy.

“We are ready to play our part, but first we need his help to restart the engines of the British aviation fleet.”

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