Heathrow and Gatwick: when the traffic light movement system should be permanently phased out
The airline industry continues to be severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic – but that could be about to change.
New figures from the Home Office show that only 1.4 million air passengers arrived in the country last month, and it’s no surprise that people have chosen to stay at home.
Since the Secretary of Transportation announced the first phase of the traffic light traffic system on May 7, countries have continuously switched between red, amber and green categories, sometimes at very short notice.
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But the most recent rumors suggest that any current uncertainty around travel may soon be a thing of the past.
According to a key travel industry spokesperson, the traffic light travel system could be phased out as early as October.
On Wednesday, September 8, PC agency chief executive Paul Charles tweeted that the traffic light system would finally end at the end of this month.
He wrote: “The traffic light system should be scrapped by October 1 – finally.
“The airlines and some of us in the industry are aware of plans to create a simpler system, where countries are red or not.
“It would be the current American model, which I called for.”
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According to The Telegraph, the traffic light system for countries would be replaced by a new system based on the fact that individual travelers have been double hit, that is, if they have a “vaccine passport”.
Under the new rules, the Amber and Green List countries would disappear – although the Red List would remain as an added precaution.
Paul Charles tweeted that removing the traffic light system would be “a relief for just about everyone” and would announce a “living with endemic” approach rather than general country-specific measures.
The rule change would mark the third government “checkpoint” they pledged to reach when the traffic light system was first put in place, in terms of verifying the system’s effectiveness.
The transport ministry said the last checkpoint would take place “no later than October 1,” when a complete overhaul of the traffic light classification can be expected.
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