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The travel industry has “once again been kicked down the road” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned against booking foreign summer holidays.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday evening, Mr Johnson said he was hopeful “we can get going from May 17”, which is the earliest possible date for overseas leisure travel under the lockdown exit strategy, however his review document stated: “We are not yet in a position to confirm” May 17.
Continued uncertainty has been blasted as “beyond disappointing” by Clive Wratten, the chief executive of the Business Travel Association, who called for a “clear pathway”. He added: “To be a truly global Britain, we must lead the way in opening borders, supporting vital supply chains, and digitising health certification.”
Steve Norris of Flight Centre Travel Group said: “We had hoped today’s announcement would go further to provide the lifeboat we’ve been hoping for to get travel back on its feet”, adding “the travel industry cannot afford another summer of indecision and hesitancy”.
However, there are hopes it “still could be a strong summer” said Johan Lundgren, the chief executive of Easyjet, although “every day that goes that we don’t get clarity on the exact date makes it more challenging.”
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Welcome to Tuesday
Here’s a reminder of the main headlines from Monday.
- ‘Britons should not yet book summer holidays’
- When non-essential international travel does return it will do so with a risk-based ‘traffic light’ system
- One-dose vaccine could open up ‘amber list’ holidays to young Britons
- Self-catering holidays can resume in England on April 12
- Tougher border controls needed to counter ‘real risk’ of Covid variant from Europe
- Italy reduces quarantine for UK travellers
- Masks won’t be required while sunbathing on Balearic Islands
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