Heathrow Airport is no longer the busiest in Europe, with a drop in passenger numbers of 84 percent in June, July and August.

John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Airport’s CEO, said that the UK was “too slow to embrace passenger testing. European leaders acted quicker and now their economies are reaping the benefits.”

The number-one position has been taken by Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol and Frankfurt are also catching up, although whether this is entirely to do with coronavirus and testing or a consequence of Brexit is difficult to say.

Mr Holland-Kaye aded: “Bringing in pre-departure Covid tests and partnering with our US allies to open a pilot air bridge to America will kickstart our economic recovery and put the UK back ahead of our European rivals.”