The Global Travel Taskforce’s framework announcement has left the travel sector underwhelmed – with many questions still left unanswered.
Travel professionals have been united in their view that the framework lacks detail for both travel businesses, airlines and holidaymakers.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said testing costs are a major barrier to a meaningful travel recovery. “Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more,” he said.
Brian Strutton, General Secretary of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), said: “This plan will keep the aviation industry on its knees. Ministers have said that the best form of support would be to get Britain flying again this summer. This announcement simply won’t do that.
“The British public – more than half of whom have now received a vaccine – will not feel confident to book holidays without knowing whether they’ll be forced into quarantine on their return.
“Even for countries on the Green list travellers will need to take a PCR test at £100 per person, which is not sustainable, Strutton added.”