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Holidays UK: Travel industry will launch huge protest on Wednesday

Protesters from the travel industry will descend on Parliament this week in a mass demonstration to highlight the ‘desperate’ situation as borders remain closed.

On Wednesday, 800 staff from businesses including easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and the holiday giant TUI will march on College Green in Westminster aiming to force Boris Johnson to extend the green list and save the summer.

The Travel Day of Action was organised to lobby MPs to back fledgling airlines and tourism operators and extend financial support, including the furlough scheme.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of the trade body Airlines UK, will be among the attendees.

Huw Merriman, Conservative chairman of the Commons travel select committee, said: ‘This lobby is a great opportunity for more MPs to hear first-hand from constituents whose jobs and businesses are at risk from border and travel restrictions.

On Wednesday, 800 staff from businesses including easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and the holiday giant TUI will march on College Green in Westminster aiming to force Boris Johnson to extend the green list and save the summer. Pictured, Portugal

‘Perhaps the pressure will cause each of the Conservative, Labour and SNP front-bench teams to stop competing as to who can devise the harshest restrictions on international travellers and, as a knock-on, its workforce.’

Ahead of the event companies representing both domestic and overseas travel are writing to MPs to alert them of their ‘desperate’ situation.

One MP said: ‘You’ve got legal pressure cranking up, parliamentary pressure cranking up, and people inside Government cranking up pressure.’

This month former Prime Minister Theresa May launched a blistering attack on the Government’s travel restrictions, which have left global Britain ‘shut for business’.

She told MPs: ‘It is incomprehensible, I think, that one of the most heavily vaccinated countries in the world is the one that is most reluctant to give its citizens the…

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