Day of action planned to force relaxation of overseas travel restrictions
A travel industry day of action has been called to pressure the UK government to support a safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period.
The day of action – June 23 – will call on the government to allow international travel to return safely and in a risk-managed manner by properly implementing the Global Travel Task Force’s plan.
He also wants ministers to come up with a tailored package of financial support to recognize that unlocking international travel will be much slower than expected.
The event is supported by all sections of the travel industry including airlines, airports, tour operators and travel agents.
The day of action will feature an organized lobby at the Houses of Parliament with other events in London, Edinburgh and Belfast.
The day of action will take place ahead of government announcements on next steps for international travel, scheduled for June 28, and a review of the list of traffic lights and testing requirements.
Mark Tanzer, Managing Director of Travel Trade Group ABTA, said: “The next few weeks will be critical for the travel industry. We have been working together since the start of the pandemic to defend the industry’s arguments over what the industry needs to get through this crisis and return safely to international travel.
“We are in a situation where the government is restricting overseas travel but not providing tailor-made support to the travel industry. The longer it lasts, the more jobs, livelihoods and businesses are threatened.”
Tim Alderslade, Managing Director of Airlines UK, added: “The UK is lagging behind other countries, including many of our competitors in Europe, when it comes to restarting our businesses. aviation and travel.
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“With the successful deployment of the vaccine, it is essential that the government take action to capitalize on the progress that has been made, otherwise we risk causing serious long-term damage to the economy and competitiveness of our sector. leading aviation industry.
“It is clear that the time has come for all sectors of our industry – from aviation to inbound and outbound tourism and business travel – to come together if we are to hope that international travel is properly operational in time for it. the main summer weeks. .
“Not to do so would be truly catastrophic with so many tens of thousands of jobs at stake.”