Airport disruption costing UK £3.2m per hour

The cost of the disruption to UK travel by the massive terrorist plot
uncovered by police has been calculated by mid-tier firm Grant Thornton at £3.2m
per hour.

Maurice Fitzpatrick, business analyst at Grant Thornton, commented: ‘Today’s
disruption is likely to cost the UK economy at least £3.2m for every hour of
delay, through lost productivity. For an average delay of 3 hours, UK plc could
lose £10m per day.’

Fitzpatrick said this figure would rise dramatically due to lost tourism
revenue as incoming flights are cancelled and as a result of the expected
downturn in foreign visitors.

700,000 passengers use UK airports everyday.

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