The government’s global travel taskforce must work with industry to remove the need to for traveller quarantine with testing.

The call came from the boss of Luton airport as it reported a 66% slump in year-on-year September passenger numbers to 575,000.

Chief executive Alberto Martin said: “I am immensely proud of all the staff at LLA for continuing to deliver a high level of customer care and service, even during these challenging times.

“However, although we saw some recovery in passenger numbers during the summer months it has been short-lived, with numbers beginning to tumble once again.

“I welcome the formation of the government’s new travel taskforce, but urge them to work closely with industry to quickly and safely remove the need for self-isolation with testing.”

The airport has introducted new measures in the terminal, from enhanced cleaning and the installation of protective screens, to hand sanitiser stations and the requirement to wear face coverings.

The measures were certified as part of the Airports Council International (ACI) airport health accreditation scheme.