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The Watches of Switzerland Group's Rolex boutique at London Heathrow.

Watches of Switzerland teams are celebrating the reopening of airport boutiques.

A LinkedIn post yesterday by Ash Pankhania, national sales manager at WoS, was jubilant after 16 months of enforced closure.

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“Welcome back to [deputy manager] Raksha [Kara] and the team at [Heathrow] T3, as we reopen after our 16 month absence and in our stunning new showroom,” Mr Pankhania posted.

“Thank you to the entire team and the wider support teams for their hard work in getting us here over the past few weeks, great teamwork,” he adds.

Watches of Switzerland’s team is back at Heathrow Terminal 3 after a 16 month closure.

Watches of Switzerland Group has four multibrand showrooms across terminals at London Heathrow and Gatwick airport, and a Rolex boutique.

Although travel restrictions are slowly easing, passenger numbers at UK airports remain dramatically lower than before the pandemic.

Heathrow airport welcomed just four million passengers in the first six months of this year, a total that it would have taken just 18 days to reach in 2019.

US visitor numbers to the UK are still only 20% of 2019 levels, whereas to the EU they are around 65%.

There does appear to be better news on the horizon with the Daily Telegraph reporting today that Britain is to drop restrictions for fully vaccinated people and reopen its borders to European and American travellers from next month.

Boris Johnson has decided that, from August 16, those who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to take a test if they come into contact with someone with Covid unless they have symptoms.

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