UK travel industry wants COVID rules eased

UK travel industry wants COVID rules eased

Britain’s airlines and holiday companies are planning a “day of action” to ramp up pressure on the government to ease travel restrictions, with just weeks to go before the start of the peak summer season.

Travel companies, whose finances have been stretched to breaking point during the pandemic, are desperate to avoid another summer lost to COVID-19. But with Britain’s strict quarantine requirements still in place that now looks likely.

As the clock ticks down to July, Europe’s biggest airline Ryanair and Manchester Airports Group on Thursday launched legal action to get the government to ease the rules before the industry’s most profitable season starts.

On Wednesday, pilots, cabin crew and travel agents will gather in Westminster, central London, and at airports across Britain to drum up support.

Britain’s aviation industry has been harder hit by the pandemic than its European peers, according to data published by pilots trade union BALPA on Sunday.

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